In the U.S., the concept of eating dog is absolutely abhorrent. Unlike chickens, cows or pigs, our dogs and cats enjoy a place of privilege in our society and are considered in some way “different” from the animals typically thought of as livestock – regardless of how alike these animals actually are. However, in certain parts of South Korea, eating dog is a tradition and a norm.
In the same manner that we might cage and farm chickens, dogs are caged and raised for human consumption. Dogs kept in these farms experience horrific, squalid conditions and are deprived of the most basic needs. The thought of thousands of dogs crammed in dirty cages, waiting for slaughter is absolutely heartbreaking to imagine.
Thankfully, however, Humane Society International (HSI) and many other organizations are working to end the dog meat trade and help farmers transition out of this cruel business and take on crop farming instead.
This video shows the incredible rescue of dogs from a meat farm that has been shut down. These puppies bring the HSI’s total of dogs saved from similar conditions to around 200 – and we can expect this number to grow as their work continues.
Now, these little ones are off to the U.S. where they will be taken in by the San Francisco ASPCA and put on their path to forever homes. Back in Korea, the farm where they were kept is being demolished, setting the course for a much kinder future.