(ANIMAL RESCUE/DOG MEAT TRADE) Thirty dogs and puppies raised for slaughter were recently rescued from a South Korean meat farm thanks to a program sponsored by Humane Society International.
The animals–ranging from six months to two years old–had been living in crowded, filthy cages, and were subjected to daily cruelty and severe neglect. Now, they have a new leash on life at the San Diego Humane Society.
While dog meat in South Korea is on the decline, there are still around 17,000 of these farms registered in South Korea alone. Read on for more details on the rescue, and click here to learn more about the fight to stop the dog meat trade. — Global Animal
Los Angeles Times, Debbi Baker
Thirty Korean dogs and puppies that otherwise might have been someone’s dinner are getting a new lease on life this week after Humane Society officials rescued the canines and brought them to San Diego.
The animals had been living in crowded and filthy cages at a South Korean meat farm when they were rescued through a program sponsored by Humane Society International, San Diego Humane Society spokeswoman Stacy Archambault said.
Many of the dogs — which range from 6 months to 2 years old and include golden retrievers, huskies and Korean mastiffs — had lived in cages all their lives. They were subjected to daily cruelty and had very little food or veterinary care, Archambault said. Many suffered from malnutrition and disease.
The dogs were flown to San Francisco and picked up by Humane Society personnel, who brought them to San Diego for medical treatment. Many were afraid, Archambault said, and were being given time to adjust to their new surroundings.
“Helping to end the horrors of the dog-meat trade is a critical mission for us,” said Gary Weitzman of the San Diego Humane Society.
“We have pledged to keep San Diego at zero euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals — and we will keep that promise — but that doesn’t mean we will ever turn our backs on other animals in need.”
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