While the brutality and upsetting reality of dog meat farming in parts of Korea and China gain the most press around the time of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, this horrific practice actually goes on all year long. Many of the dogs in these farms are strays that were taken off from the street, stolen pets (some with collars and microchips at the time of capture), and some, shockingly enough, are sold into the trade by their own guardians. Many animal lovers can not bear the thought of having to part with their companion dogs (even if just to go to work), so the idea of a guardian consciously setting their dogs up for a short life of misery and painful death is truly mind boggling. However, where eating dog meat occurs, this is sadly a situation that still happens.
Recently, Lilly and Pinch, two golden retrievers living in South Korea, were sold to a dog meat farm by their guardians.
Put into barren filthy cages where they could likely witness the terrible scenes of bloodshed, the dogs awaited their slaughter.
The dogs never met their grim fate, though. By a stroke of luck, Humane Society International shut down the illegal facility where the pups were being held.
The duo was released and given a much-needed scrub down. Just look at that face of pure joy!
The dogs went from scared and serious to calm and visibly content. It’s amazing what a little TLC can do!
The dogs were brought into the United States and were promptly adopted, as a pair no less!
Now, these pups will be able to stay together and live out the rest of their days in a safe and loving forever home.
It is still a long and complicated journey before all dog meat farms are officially shut down in Korea and China. However, Humane Society International and similar activist groups are doing everything they can to put an end to this barbaric and cruel practice. If you’d like to donate and help them on their mission to end the dog meat trade, click here.
All image source: Free Korean Dogs