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Dogs caught up in South Korea’s dog meat industry live miserable lives. Throughout their short lives, they are never shown anything but brutality, and the absolute indifference to their sentience is incomprehensible.

I have been told countless times that dogs raised on South Korea’s thousands of farms are “soulless” and that this is their “destiny.” But I have met these dogs. I have looked them in the eyes and seen their soul and, more poignantly, seen their fear.

Despite their treatment, every dog in each and every market and farm I have visited has come to the bars, head bowed and tail wagging submissively. Their craving for human touch, for reprieve, is overwhelming.

No animal wants to die, yet they sit there, every single day of their lives waiting for their moment. Many of them see what is awaiting them when their turn comes. The cage is opened, a noose thrown over their neck. The dogs beg for mercy, backing away and trying to lick at the hand that holds the noose, but no remorse is shown. The dogs fight until their last breath and are dragged out of the cage, into a truck or sent straight to slaughter. The screaming and absolute fear is haunting. 

Ending South Korea's Dog Meat Industry

Rescuing South Korea’s Dogs

South Korea is the only country in the world known to farm dogs for their meat. Since December 2014, Change For Animals Foundation has been working in partnership with Humane Society International and with dog farmers who have expressed a desire to leave the dog meat industry to make the transition into crop-growing businesses. By working with these farmers and offering them the opportunity to convert to humane livelihoods, we can create models for change that can – in time – be replicated throughout the country and offer hope to so many dogs in desperate need.

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Since December, we have closed two dog farms and all 80 dogs from these farms have been taken to the United States. They are now enjoying their second chance at life, free from fear. Despite everything, the dogs had never given up on people and a willingness to forgive.

We are committed to raising the profile of dogs raised and slaughtered for meat so as to dispel the perceived distinction between “meat dogs” and “pet dogs” in Korea, and to show the world that a dog is a dog, all equally worthy of compassion and respect.

Ending South Korea's Dog Meat Industry

No More Excuses

We have heard claims that dog eating is part of “culture” and “tradition.” Our resolute response is that these are never excuses for cruelty, nor are they exempt from change at home or abroad. Culture evolves as times change. All animals deserve to have a life worth living and no animal’s “destiny” is to endure such profound suffering.

The practice of dog meat consumption is a highly contentious and emotive issue wherever it is prevalent, and there is an ever-growing animal protection movement in Asia that needs international support. As I was once told by someone who had committed their lives to fighting the dog meat industry in South Korea, “Until we can gain support for a dog meat ban, what hope do we have for other animals?

We campaign for an outright ban on the production and consumption of dog meat because regulating its production would mean endorsing the systematic cruelty the dogs endure throughout their lives and when they are brutally killed. Once legalized, there would be no turning back from the large-scale production of dog meat, setting a dangerous precedent.

Ending South Korea's Dog Meat Industry

Envisioning a Future of Compassion

We are fighting for the day when the dog meat industry is banished, when dog farms are closed down, and when a dog’s value is never again measured on the scales. Let’s not always go back to circular arguments that use the suffering of some species in one country as an excuse for that of a different species in another. This is not an issue of “cultural” or “personal” preference. This is an issue of inherent and inexcusable cruelty.

Throughout the world, dogs are cherished as “therapists” in schools and in hospitals and homes for the young and elderly, in recognition of the psychological and physical benefits they can bring. Dogs work with our police and armies, loyally serving mankind. They deserve the right to be protected from cruelty and to be recognized as companion animals.

All image source: Manchul Kim/AP Images for The HSUS

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Dianne Goode
2 Years Ago

I am a vegan and against the eating of any animal I do not accept the excuse about others people cultures being an a rational for cruelty to any animal. Neither do I point fingers at any one country as all countries were eating of animals is the norm abuse animals. my own country UK has a reputation as a nation of animal lovers but i know we are not. We do not eat dogs but we dump them or save them of love or affection. Others kill dogs with kindness by over feeding and lack of exercise so how can I say my country is any better?


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Anonymous
03 Jul 2015

Agree!!

msoo
2 Years Ago

I do not condone dog eating at all as a dog lover who raised my dog until the age of 18 until she passed from old age who I will miss for the rest of my life every day. However, I have difficulty giving higher values to a dog than to a cow, swine, chicken , fish, turkey, turtle (killed for turtle soups) or whatever.
If you belive eating dogs is such a despical barbarism, cruelty, nad low life, why not show exactly identical compassion to those cows (and other food animals) sent to slaugher in tends of thousands and thousand every day?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLzBvT2v3PM
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=614387445334464

Food animals such as chickens, turkey, sea creatures who don\'t stand on four legs don\'t even get protection under human slaughter act, and we give no concerns about what pain and suffering they undergo when being slaughered. (Human slaugher is hit or miss as it\'s not easy to enforce such a law.)

For those of you who care, Western Christian Bible does say "Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything." Western Christian Bible is a part of Western culture.

You chose not to eat dogs because you decided that they are pets and not food animals. Fine, I\'m with you. However you Westerners cannot impose your culture on other cultures, and point fingers to other culturs for not doing what you expect.

Not to defend S Korea, dog eating (which is on its way out in S Korea, and most, if not all, younger generation S Koreans never had dog meats) is not isolated to S Korea. It\'s also done in the West in Europe. http://www.newsweek.com/not-just-christmas-swiss-urged-stop-eating-cats-and-dogs-287378

Ok, I\'m gonna go rescue my next dog from a local shelter who will otherwise be euthanized, and spend next 15 years so with the dog. Having a dog as a pet does make my life as a human a bit more tolerable.

I\'m gonna add that no matter what the species (while agreeing to make exemption for dogs and cats), if a human needs the animal for food and cloth for his/her survival, that animal has no right to life. However, the animal has the right to humane, and painless quick death. The animals also have right to humane treatment while they are kept alive by humans. Stop those veel calves cages and swine gestation crate for baby cows and pgis!


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Cherribombe
02 Apr 2015

Here here!. I\'m vegan and never will I eat meat, ever.!

Heather Hayes
17 Apr 2015

I agree that animals were given to us to eat but not to be slaughtered for that meat in such barbaric ways. If you have ever had a pet of a chicken, fish, birds, dogs, cats, horses or any other animals, its true character and personality comes through, just like a dogs. You fall in love and would fight to the death if someone tried to kill and eat your pet, regardless of what species it is. We begin with dogs but we continue with the next species of animal that is cruelly killed without thought for its pain, fear or suffering.

min soo
2 Years Ago

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min soo
2 Years Ago

I do not condone dog eating at all as a dog lover who raised my dog until the age of 18 until she passed from old age who I will miss for the rest of my life every day. However, I have difficulty giving higher values to a dog than to a cow, swine, chicken , fish, turkey, turtle (killed for turtle soups) or whatever.
If you belive eating dogs is such a despical barbarism, cruelty, nad low life, why not show exactly identical compassion to those cows (and other food animals) sent to slaugher in tends of thousands and thousand every day?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLzBvT2v3PM
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=614387445334464

Food animals such as chickens, turkey, sea creatures who don\'t stand on four legs don\'t even get protection under human slaughter act, and we give no concerns about what pain and suffering they undergo when being slaughered. (Human slaugher is hit or miss as it\'s not easy to enforce such a law.)

For those of you who care, Western Christian Bible does say "Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything." Western Christian Bible is a part of Western culture.

You chose not to eat dogs because you decided that they are pets and not food animals. Fine, I\'m with you. However you Westerners cannot impose your culture on other cultures, and point fingers to other culturs for not doing what you expect.

Not to defend S Korea, dog eating (which is on its way out in S Korea, and most, if not all, younger generation S Koreans never had dog meats) is not isolated to S Korea. It\'s also done in the West in Europe. http://www.newsweek.com/not-just-christmas-swiss-urged-stop-eating-cats-and-dogs-287378

Ok, I\'m gonna go rescue my next dog from a local shelter who will otherwise be euthanized, and spend next 15 years so with the dog. Having a dog as a pet does make my life as a human a bit more tolerable.

I\'m gonna add that no matter what the species (while agreeing to make exemption for dogs and cats), if a human needs the animal for food and cloth for his/her survival, that animal has no right to life. However, the animal has the right to humane, and painless quick death. The animals also have right to humane treatment while they are kept alive by humans. Stop those veel calves cages and swine gestation crate for baby cows and pgis!


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Min Soo
31 Mar 2015

I apologize, this duplicate posting was in error.

Min Soo
2 Years Ago

I do not condone dog eating at all as a dog lover who raised my dog until the age of 18 until she passed from old age who I will miss for the rest of my life every day. However, I have difficulty giving higher values to a dog than to a cow, swine, chicken , fish, turkey, turtle (killed for turtle soups) or whatever.
If you belive eating dogs is such a despical barbarism, cruelty, nad low life, why not show exactly identical compassion to those cows (and other food animals) sent to slaugher in tends of thousands and thousand every day?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLzBvT2v3PM
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=614387445334464

Food animals such as chickens, turkey, sea creatures who don\'t stand on four legs don\'t even get protection under human slaughter act, and we give no concerns about what pain and suffering they undergo when being slaughered. (Human slaugher is hit or miss as it\'s not easy to enforce such a law.)

For those of you who care, Western Christian Bible does say "Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything." Western Christian Bible is a part of Western culture.

You chose not to eat dogs because you decided that they are pets and not food animals. Fine, I\'m with you. However you Westerners cannot impose your culture on other cultures, and point fingers to other culturs for not doing what you expect.

Not to defend S Korea, dog eating (which is on its way out in S Korea, and most, if not all, younger generation S Koreans never had dog meats) is not isolated to S Korea. It\'s also done in the West in Europe. http://www.newsweek.com/not-just-christmas-swiss-urged-stop-eating-cats-and-dogs-287378

Ok, I\'m gonna go rescue my next dog from a local shelter who will otherwise be euthanized, and spend next 15 years so with the dog. Having a dog as a pet does make my life as a human a bit more tolerable.

I\'m gonna add that no matter what the species (while agreeing to make exemption for dogs and cats), if a human needs the animal for food and cloth for his/her survival, that animal has no right to life. However, the animal has the right to humane, and painless quick death. The animals also have right to humane treatment while they are kept alive by humans. Stop those veel calves cages and swine gestation crate for baby cows and pgis!


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Min Soo
31 Mar 2015

I apologize, this duplicate posting was in error.

Min Soo
2 Years Ago

I do not condone dog eating at all as a dog lover who raised my dog until the age of 18 until she passed from old age who I will miss for the rest of my life every day. However, I have difficulty giving higher values to a dog than to a cow, swine, chicken , fish, turkey, turtle (killed for turtle soups) or whatever.
If you belive eating dogs is such a despical barbarism, cruelty, nad low life, why not show exactly identical compassion to those cows (and other food animals) sent to slaugher in tends of thousands and thousand every day?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLzBvT2v3PM
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=614387445334464

Food animals such as chickens, turkey, sea creatures who don\'t stand on four legs don\'t even get protection under human slaughter act, and we give no concerns about what pain and suffering they undergo when being slaughered. (Human slaugher is hit or miss as it\'s not easy to enforce such a law.)

For those of you who care, Western Christian Bible does say "Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything." Western Christian Bible is a part of Western culture.

You chose not to eat dogs because you decided that they are pets and not food animals. Fine, I\'m with you. However you Westerners cannot impose your culture on other cultures, and point fingers to other culturs for not doing what you expect.

Not to defend S Korea, dog eating (which is on its way out in S Korea, and most, if not all, younger generation S Koreans never had dog meats) is not isolated to S Korea. It\'s also done in the West in Europe. http://www.newsweek.com/not-just-christmas-swiss-urged-stop-eating-cats-and-dogs-287378

Ok, I\'m gonna go rescue my next dog from a local shelter who will otherwise be euthanized, and spend next 15 years so with the dog. Having a dog as a pet does make my life as a human a bit more tolerable.


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Min Soo
31 Mar 2015

I apologize, this duplicate posting was in error.

Rebeca Miles
2 Years Ago

This is a great story, both sad and uplifting. BUT can\'t you folks see the hypocrisy? Korea calls dos "soulless" but aren\'t we doing the same in the Western world? Don\'t we look the same way in the eyes of millions of cows, pigs, chickens, etc, as we slaughter them callously? Get real, America, we are just as bad, it\'s only a difference in the species that we eat, nothing more, just a matter of labeling one species food versus friend. How many people can actually make that connection? How many people realize that that pack of meat was once a living breathing creature that we had no right to kill?
Everybody\'s cringing at the thought of a dog killed alive, yet most have no sensitivities towards our fellow "farm" animals. That is the irony!


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susan adkins
2 Years Ago

Who would want to eat a dog that is sicking please get those dogs back to the U.S. Do they shoot the dog be for it gets to the slaughter please don\'t tell me they slaughter the dog alive


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Soo
31 Mar 2015

I do not condone dog eating at all as a dog lover who raised my dog until the age of 18 until she passed from old age who I will miss for the rest of my life every day. However, I have difficulty giving higher values to a dog than to a cow, swine, chicken , fish, turkey, turtle (killed for turtle soups) or whatever.
If you belive eating dogs is such a despical barbarism, cruelty, nad low life, why not show exactly identical compassion to those cows (and other food animals) sent to slaugher in tends of thousands and thousand every day?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLzBvT2v3PM
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=614387445334464

Food animals such as chickens, turkey, sea creatures who don\'t stand on four legs don\'t even get protection under human slaughter act, and we give no concerns about what pain and suffering they undergo when being slaughered. (Human slaugher is hit or miss as it\'s not easy to enforce such a law.)

For those of you who care, Western Christian Bible does say "Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything." Western Christian Bible is a part of Western culture.

You chose not to eat dogs because you decided that they are pets and not food animals. Fine, I\'m with you. However you Westerners cannot impose your culture on other cultures, and point fingers to other culturs for not doing what you expect.

Not to defend S Korea, dog eating (which is on its way out in S Korea, and most, if not all, younger generation S Koreans never had dog meats) is not isolated to S Korea. It\'s also done in the West in Europe. http://www.newsweek.com/not-just-christmas-swiss-urged-stop-eating-cats-and-dogs-287378

Ok, I\'m gonna go rescue my next dog from a local shelter who will otherwise be euthanized, and spend next 15 years so with the dog. Having a dog as a pet does make my life as a human a bit more tolerable.

I\'m gonna add that no matter what the species (while agreeing to make exemption for dogs and cats), if a human needs the animal for food and cloth for his/her survival, that animal has no right to life. However, the animal has the right to humane, and painless quick death. The animals also have right to humane treatment while they are kept alive by humans. Stop those veel calves cages and swine gestation crate for baby cows and pgis!

fiona shavelar
31 Mar 2015

Of course they are slaughtered alive. Just like all the other animals people eat.

Karin
2 Years Ago

No matter what colour you are or what country you are from, killing other inhabitants of this earth for our selfish and unnecessary culinary habits is WRONG. It is wrong to kill, period. I thank these people for working to end dog meat and I am part of the movement to stop the murder and eating of flesh, dairy and eggs here. Stop being haters, stop pointing fingers and be part of the change by going vegan and getting involved and speaking out. Carnism is the ultimate form of domination over the weaker...killing them and eating their flesh. What a disgrace that humans have come to this. Carnism is killing the planet and human health. STOP the killing!


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shushi
2 Years Ago

This is like a Hindu saying they\'ll fight until every cow in America is free from the meat industry(Hindus consider cows sacred and never harm or eat them). But Hindus don\'t have a reputation of doing pompous and ridiculous things like that. But let\'s say one did, you would ask: first of all, why focus on America when cows are eaten everywhere? Second of all, how could a person end up being that narrow-minded?

Why would you focus on South Korea when dogs are eaten in so many countries in the world? Dogs are bred for the purpose of being eaten in South Korea. Second of all, why so narrow-minded and parochial? Why can\'t you live and let live? Why can\'t you accept that the world is bigger than your little culture--the west?

Why don\'t you stop eating cows out of respect for the Hindus? Why don\'t you stop eating pigs out of respect for the Muslims and Jews? Why don\'t you follow the religious protocol of the Muslims and stop drinking alcohol? Because you\'re not Hindu? You\'re not Jewish? You\'re not a Muslim? Well, they\'re not white, they\'re not western, they\'re not American, they\'re South Korean. And in South Korea, dogs are FOOD. Until one day, you stop eating cows to please the Hindus, don\'t ask anybody to stop eating dogs to please you.


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VeronicA lind
30 Mar 2015

You were raised by wolfs, cold heart B---ch!

Anya Bronk
31 Mar 2015

Dogs have been man\'s best friend for ages. They are loyal and have protected us, comforted us and most of all, gave us joy and love. The dog is able to understand people, and to communicate with us. That is why we (mostly western people) despise the consumption of dog meat so much. It is our duty to speak out loudly on their behalf.

Anya Bronk
31 Mar 2015

Besides that, No lifestock is treated as cruel and inhumane in my country as these dogs in Asia.

Anya Bronk
31 Mar 2015

Besides that, no lifestock is treated as cruel and inhumane as these dogs in Asia, at least in my country. And if you would have paid more attention, you would have noticed that his page is agains animal cruelty in all it forms.



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