On March 9, 2018, the Humane Society International (HSI) Animal Rescue Team landed in South Korea to rescue more than 80 animals from a local dog meat farm. Thankfully, it was arranged for all the dogs to be removed and transported to temporary shelters in Canada.
The dog meat farm came on HSI’s radar during this year’s Winter Olympics and planning to help shut down the facility began.
The organization reached an agreement with the farm owner who relinquished the dogs.
The rescued dogs are now on their way to a better life!
Once at the temporary shelters, the animals will undergo health and behavior checkups then begin the search for their new homes.
Adam Parascandola, Director of Animal Protection and Crisis Response at HSI, shared a live update of the process of removing the dogs from the farm. The video update featured one of the rescued dogs, Moon Bear, who was absolutely beside himself with excitement at being given attention and affection from his new friend.
Thanks to HSI, more than 80 dogs who had known nothing but freezing cold temperatures and short chains will start completely new lives.
Although their fate seemed to be decided, the dogs are now saved and they will finally have the chance to have normal lives and loving homes.
As HSI emphasizes, the farmers that the organization works with actively approach HSI wanting to leave the dog meat trade for a number for reasons – “mostly growing societal shame and recognition that it’s a dying industry with decreasing customers.” HSI signs a legally-binding contract with every farmer to ensure that they will never return to farming dogs or other animals and they help the farmers transition to a humane livelihood.
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