In South Korea alone, two million dogs are slaughtered a year for their meat. The dogs, some of which are bred for consumption while others are captured homeless dogs or even stolen pets, live a miserable existence in farms that closely mirror the horrific existence animals experience in factory farms. Dogs spend their lives trapped in small, barren wire cages, without any access to proper care or even the most basic needs.

Learning about the cruel dog meat trade is distressing, but there is a comfort to be found in many compassionate people who are working to raise awareness and bring an end to this trade. Humane Society International’s  (HSI) Animal Rescue Team is in the midst of shutting down a number of dog meat farms. The Animal Rescue Team recently just landed in South Korea and is currently working to remove 130 animals from a farm.

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The HSI Animal Rescue Team is on the ground right now rescuing the dogs from horrific conditions

Understandably, the dogs are scared and confused. 

We just don’t understand how someone can hurt innocent animals. 

But life for these 130 dogs is about to change forever – for the better. 

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Once chained and forced to live in squalor, these 130 dogs are now getting the help they desperately need. 

Soon, the dog meat trade will be a thing of the past. One by one, dog meat breeding farms are shutting down!

This rescue marks HSI’s ninth closure of a dog meat farm. Watch the below video for more information on the incredible work HSI is doing to stop the dog meat trade.

Thank you, HSI. The animals are so lucky to have you on their side! 

 
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Now that the dogs are safe at the hands of the HSI, they will be flown to rescues and shelters in the U.S. and Canada, where they will be re-homed and given a life full of love and compassion –  exactly what they deserve.

Great strides have been made to ban the dog meat trade. In April, we got word that Taiwan will become the first Asian country to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat – and we’re hopeful that similar momentum will lead to change elsewhere!

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How can you help? First and foremost, educate yourself and others about the dangers associated with eating dog meat is critical to bringing an end to this practice. HSIhas a wealth of information and resources to help and they also run large campaigns encouraging country leaders to take action to ban the trade altogether. Many people are not aware of the cruel practices and dangers or even the existence of the dog meat trade, so your best course of action is to educate yourself and others to expose the truth of this industry – share this article to get started!

It’s also important to recognize that these dogs, who want to live a happy and free life, are no different than the pigs and cows that we raise for meat here in the U.S. If we could all see the animals around us as complex, emotional beings, instead of mindless commodities, the world would be a much kinder place.

With your help, we can shut down the dog meat trade for good. Please consider making a donation to HSI so that they can continue their life-saving work. Your donation will directly pay for the dispatch of our rescue team, life-saving veterinary care for the rescued dogs, food, cages for transport.

Image source: Humane Society International/Facebook

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