Twenty three dogs were rescued from a farm in South Korea, where the pups were previously raised to be consumed. In an effort to reduce the amount of farms raising dogs for food in Asian countries, the Humane Society International (HSI) was able to rescue its first set of lucky puppies this past week. Offering the former dog farmer compensation for his part in the campaign, the HSI was able to shut down his farm in place of a more humane farming lifestyle.
The HSI defined South Korea as its main area of focus with its campaign to end dog farming in Asian countries, with the country consuming everything from stray dogs to those bred in captivity for the purpose of consumption. Keeping the puppies in cages while both malnourished and mistreated, many of the rescued pups find it difficult to walk on solid ground after so long in a confined space. However, the HSI is committed to acclimating the puppies to a safer environment.
Despite a life in captivity with little human interaction, the HSI reports that the dogs have been extremely affectionate since their rescue from South Korea. The organization brought the animals back to the United States on Monday and Tuesday, where they were placed in various shelters in the Virginia and Washington D.C. areas. While the shelters have been inundated with queries about adopting the animals, the HSI maintains that the dogs need time to acclimate to their new environments before heading to the loving homes they deserve.
The humane society was able to obtain the pups without argument from a local dog farmer in South Korea, who approached the organization about wanting to leave the industry permanently. In exchange for $2,500, the farmer released the pups in pursuit of his new blueberry farm. The organization was more than happy to provide compensation for the dogs and hopes to have further interactions such as this in the future.
Yet, funding for such a venture could pose a problem for the HSI, as upwards of 2 million dogs a year are killed for food in South Korea. With many bred in captivity and many more killed on the streets, it is obvious that dogs are a main food group among the citizens of South Korea. Having only spent a year working on this operation and only had one instance of success so far, the HSI has much more to do in its efforts to end dog farming for human consumption.
For now, the organization is happy to have had success in the rescue of 23 dogs from the South Korean farm. Their venture has proved to not only provide a better environment for the rescued pups, but has also provided an opportunity for the ex-farmer to focus on a more humane style of living. While the dogs acclimate to their new environments, many residents in the Virginia and Washington D.C. areas wait patiently to get their hands on their new furry friends. With the support of many across the nation, the HSI will hopefully have further success in rescuing more dogs from the cruel environments of dog farms in Asian countries.
By Carly Szabo