Great news! Humane Society International (HSI) saved 196 dogs from South Korea’s dog meat trade. Dogs will be provided shelter in DC and then distributed to shelters across the mid-Atlantic, including Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and D.C.

170 of the dogs were rescued from a single dog meat farm that was closed down by HSI. As part of its push to end the dog meat trade, HSI has now closed 17 dog meat farms in South Korea!

Kelly O’Meara, HSI’s vice president of companion animal campaigns, said in an emailed statement,  “Although most people in South Korea don’t regularly eat dog meat, and support for a ban is growing, there remain thousands of farms of all sizes across the country where dogs of all breeds endure a harsh existence. With fewer people wanting to eat dog, farmers can see the writing is on the wall for this dying industry and so they work with HSI to find a solution that gives both them and their remaining dogs a chance of a new life. With such interest from dog farmers, and public support, we hope the Korean government will adopt this type of approach to phase out the dog meat industry for good.”


According to In Defense of Animals, an estimated 2.5 million dogs are raised and killed each year for meat in South Korea. Read more about the dog meat trade in South Korea including the closing of a notorious market, dogs rescued from South Korea, how these rescue dogs found families in California, and an investigation inside the dog meat trade.

Sign this petition to end the dog meat trade in South Korea!

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