CFAF Closes Another Dog Meat Farm
CFAF has partnered with HSI to rescue over 100 dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm, which is closing its doors to cruelty for good
CFAF and HSI have successfully rescued 103 dogs and puppies from a South Korean dog meat farm, after the farmer formally agreed to permanently close down his farm and instead start up a humane, non-animal business.
This is the third such dog farm closure by CFAF and HSI, and all the dogs are beginning their journeys to the U.S. where they will be adopted into loving forever homes.
The dogs were discovered on the farm in Chungcheongnam, having spent their entire lives in small, filthy cages. They would have later been killed for human consumption, most commonly by the painful and terrifying method of electrocution. The dogs are a mixture of breeds, ranging from large mastiffs and Jindo mixes, to Spaniel mixes and Chihuahuas. They have all been saved from a miserable life and brutal death, and will now know the love and affection of human companions.
CFAF’s Programmes Director Lola Webber who oversaw the rescue said: “The first time we saw the dogs it was really shocking. They were clearly terrified of humans because of everything they had experienced during their lives so far. But once they realized we weren’t there to hurt them their tails started wagging, eager for the slightest show of affection. They have so much love to give, it’s appalling to think they were destined to be butchered for their meat. As a proud mum to a rescued mastiff, who was also due to be killed as part of the trade, I know that these dogs are going to make wonderful canine companions. Rescuing these 103 dogs and getting to know their individual personalities has made us even more determined to end the cruel dog meat trade."
In South Korea, more than two million dogs are bred and killed for their meat each year. In China and other parts of Asia, most dogs that are slaughtered for the trade are stolen from the streets, but in South Korea they are bred on small scale factory farms. The owner of this farm, Mr Kim, is one of a number of farmers who have worked with us to close down their dog farms and instead formally agreed to switch to humane livelihoods.
Mr Kim said: “As a dog lover, I hope to see more dogs getting adopted to families. In the future, I hope other farmers will be given this opportunity where they can change to different businesses.”
CFAF and HSI will be launching public awareness campaigns to encourage South Koreans to think differently about dogs that are eaten as meat. We will help them to see the link between those dogs and the growing number of pet dogs that many Koreans are welcoming into their homes as companions.
We have now rescued and rehomed a total of 186 dogs that were part of the country’s cruel dog meat trade. These dogs are amazing ambassadors for our efforts to end the cruelty of the dog meat trade, and we are pressuring the South Korean government to formally bring the industry to an end. The Winter Olympics is coming to Seoul in 2018, and the world will want to know that the country no longer tolerates the cruelty of dog meat.