Sadly, even the animals that we associate with being family members and actually living in our homes with us are subject to the cruelties of meat eating. Thankfully, wonderful people are actively fighting against this and working tirelessly to save these animals. The China Animal Protection Power (CAPP) rescued over 375 cats from an illegal slaughterhouse, the Humane Society International (HSI) rescued over 170 dogs from a dog meat farm, and they rescued over 130 dogs at another dog meat farm. Recently, they were able to save nearly 200 dogs during another dog meat farm shutdown in South Korea!

What they found at this facility was especially horrific because it doubled as a puppy mill and a dog meat farm, so they were breeding some dogs to sell as pets and others to sell for consumption.

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The sixty-year-old farmer Mr. Lee told HSI: “From the very beginning, my entire family has been against my dog farming. All my daughters and my wife want me to close it, and they have never wanted to visit the farm. I feel very ashamed to be a dog meat farmer and a puppy mill farmer so I barely tell anyone what I’m doing. My business is also making no money now and it’s too hard to farm the dogs as I have back pain. Also, I’ve had a hard time with my neighbor complaining about the barking which meant I had to move my farm. I spend more money on this farm than I make from it. I think dog meat trade will die soon. I feel like it’s already ending.”

Source: Jean Chung/HSI

Mr. Lee was ashamed to be a dog farmer and didn’t know a way out until he heard about HSI. In an effort to ensure these farms do not prosper or open again, HSI works with the farmers to help them find alternative businesses. Mr. Lee signed a 20-year-contract promising to stay out of the dog meat trade and any animal related industry.

As Nara Kim, the Korea dog meat campaigner at HSI says, “The lines between puppy mills and dog meat farms are routinely blurred throughout South Korea, and with our latest dog farm closure we are exposing the shocking reality of that. These dogs are suffering at the hands of two abusive industries, their ultimate fate depending on whether they will sell for more money as a pet or for meat.” There were also three mini pigs on the farm named Mable, Martha, and Maggie which were rescued too.

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Source: Jean Chung/HSI

According to HSI, more than 2.5 million dogs a year are reared on thousands of dog meat farms across South Korea. These dogs are usually killed by electrocution and they take up to 5 minutes to die, although some are hanged. This needs to end and thankfully, organizations like HSI are taking action!

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