Humane Society International (HSI) has been on a mission to close down every dog meat farm. Their goal is to totally shut down the dog meat trade in Asia. So far they have rescued more than 800 dogs.
Although the dog meat industry is diminishing and demand for dog meat has greatly decreased, there are still approximately 17,000 dog meat farms in South Korea, raising over 2.5 million dogs each year for human consumption.
But today, 55 lucky dogs are saved!
Although these rescuers have rescued dogs from all kinds of filthy deprived conditions many times, the farm in Goyang was worse than anything they’d ever seen.
The farm was completely housed indoors. The cages and pens saw no daylight or fresh air.
When Adam Parascandola, HSI’s Direct of Animal Protection and Crisis Response first walked into the facility, he said, “It literally took my breath away, not least because when we first entered the darkness, the stench was overpowering. The ammonia burned the back of our throats. We could hear the dogs’ desperate barks but we couldn’t see their faces properly, just their eyes peering out.”
As they started to grow accustomed to the darkness, they saw the horrendous conditions these poor dogs lived in. The farm is right next to the train tracks. It’s on a public path, but he people walking by would never have known it was there.
One of the ways HSI closes these operations, is it deals directly with farmers, helping them transition to another profession.
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