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Humane Society International has been working hard with dog meat farmers in South Korea, offering guidance through a program designed to help these farmers transform their livelihoods into something less cruel. Their recent bid to save the lives of more than 250 dogs held in one dog meat farm got the attention of Simon Cowell, who generously donated £25,000 to the cause.

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Cowell’s donation, along with those of the public, has meant that more than 200 of these dogs are now safe! This awful image of a cage is something none of these dogs are ever going to see again.

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Humane Society International rescuers went in and rescued each of the dogs by hand. This is probably the first time this pup has ever experienced affection.

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These dogs have never known love or care, only experiencing cramped conditions as they waited to be butchered.

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Now, these dogs are being transported to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and The Netherlands. 

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They will be given full medical care before they go on to find the loving forever homes that they deserve after their ordeals.

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This is the only kind of cage any dog should ever experience, one that transports them to safety!

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These dogs must have been terrified, yet you can see from the looks on their faces that they know they are in good, kind hands with the rescue team. 

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The plight of dogs being used for human consumption throughout South Korea and other Asian countries has long had our attention. 2.5 million dogs are killed each year in South Korea alone for their meat. Cities across South Korea are starting to rule that it is illegal to kill a dog for meat. Farmers like Farmer Lee are being helped by the Humane Society to farm medicinal plants and other crops instead of dogs for slaughter. The public perception and interest in dog meat consumption is changing throughout Asia, and we can only hope that programs like this one will long continue until every dog is safe from this kind of farm.

Please support Humane Society International with the vital work they do. Their dedicated team fights tirelessly to save dogs across the world. Please visit their Facebook page to find out more!

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