Activists with Humane Society International rescued 171 dogs from a meat farm in South Korea; 120 of the pups will be relocated to the United States.
These pups are doggone lucky, that’s for sure. Late last month, the Humane Society International rescued 171 canines from a South Korean dog meat farm. The rescue was conducted just eleven short weeks before the nation celebrates Bok Nal by slaughtering and eating the dogs in a special stew.
According to a press release, the farm in Wonju is the fifth dog meat farm the organization has infiltrated and cleared out. Of the 250 dogs originally found on the meat farm, 171 were rescued.
120 of the pups will go to the St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey, relays the shelter’s Facebook page.
Said Heather Cammisa, CEO of the shelter, in a press release:
“We are proud to welcome these deserving animals and make sure their stories are told to help effect change.
Two of the Huskies were so happy to see one another again, they were face licking and frolicking in the cage when reunited.”
NY Daily News reports that the dogs will eventually be placed in shelters across the Northeast, but twenty of them will remain at St. Hubert’s so they may be placed locally.
Some of the canines will also find furrever homes in Canda and Humane Society shelter partners across the United States.
It might come as a surprise, but the Wonju meat farm actually contacted the organization for assistance to get out of the business. As you might imagine, activists with the Humane Society International were only too happy to oblige.
Humane Society campaign manager Andrew Plumbly told the press:
“In our experience, many dog meat farmers are keen to leave this business behind them, and come under increasing pressure from their children to end dog breeding and killing. However, they need help in transitioning to an alternative living.”
The organization relays that most Koreans don’t eat dogs, but participate in Bok Nal in July and August when 60-80% of the year’s total dog meat consumption takes place. Reportedly, hundreds of thousands of dogs are killed to feed “the unfounded belief that it cools the blood.”
As people continue to become educated on the truths and fallacies of cultural traditions, rituals such as Bok Nal will likely cease to exist.
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