WASHINGTON – Almost three dozen canine arrived within the US this week after being rescued from South Korean canine meat farms and can quickly be prepared for adoption, officers with Human Society stated — calling on the federal government to outlaw the trade.
The 34 canine, with names like Romeo, Nuri, Daisy, Phoenix, and Brown Bear, arrived on the Washington Dulles Worldwide Airport after being rescued by Humane Society Worldwide/Korea and its companions.
The canine will likely be cared for at a rehabilitation middle operated by the Humane Society of the US, the place they will obtain “the love and luxury that the canine meat trade denied them, together with beds, a nutritious weight loss program, enrichment, and veterinary care ,” officers stated in an announcement.
Finally, they will be transferred to the Human Society’s shelter and rescue companions within the US for adoption into loving houses. As a result of the canine arrived on the East Coast, the bulk will likely be positioned with shelters within the Northeast and Midwest, based on Lindsay Hamrick, director of shelter outreach and engagement on the Humane Society of the US.
“Some canine could also be behaviorally and medically able to be positioned with companions and subsequently, will likely be transferred inside just a few days whereas others could require a bit extra time at our rehabilitation and care middle,” Hamrick advised FOX Tv Stations.
Hamrick famous how this group of canine contains some breeds historically seen on the canine meat farms, similar to Jindo mixes and Tosa mixes. It additionally contains canine who appear to be Corgis, Setters, Yorkshire terriers, and hound mixes.
Canine from the Ansan, South Korea canine meat farm rescue arrive on the Humane Society of the US Care and Rehabilitation Heart on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, in Hagerstown, Md. (Kevin Wolf/AP Photos for HSI)
“For these canine flying to the US, South Korea’s canine meat trade will quickly be a distant reminiscence. However a whole bunch of hundreds of different canine are nonetheless languishing in horrible circumstances on canine meat farms for a meat that only a few Koreans need to eat and most need banned,” Sangkyung Lee, canine meat campaigner for Humane Society Worldwide/Korea, stated in an announcement.
About 1 million to 1.5 million canine are killed every year for meals in South Korea, which is a lower from a number of million about 10 to twenty years in the past. The canine are intensively bred on farms the place they’re locked in steel cages, typically with out water or correct meals, based on the Humane Society Worldwide.
Many are discovered residing in squalid circumstances, affected by malnutrition and pores and skin and eye ailments. Many of the animals are slaughtered at round one 12 months of age, normally by electrocution, the group stated.
Canine are proven locked in a cage at a canine meat farm in Ansan Metropolis, South Korea, on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. The operation is a part of HSIs efforts to battle the canine meat commerce all through Asia. (Credit score: Jean Chung/For HSI)
Rising calls to ban canine meat consumption
As youthful individuals discover canine meat a much less appetizing eating choice and pets are rising in reputation, eating places that serve canine meat in South Korea have been dwindling.
Polling performed in 2020 by Nielsen Korea discovered that almost 84% of Koreans stated they’d by no means eaten canine meat nor weren’t keen to take action sooner or later. Moreover, 59% of individuals polled stated they might help banning canine meat in South Korea, a notable enhance from 2017 (35%).
Final 12 months, the South Korean authorities stated it will launch a job pressure to think about outlawing canine meat consumption, which drew protests from each canine farmers and animal rights activists.
Ju Yeongbong, common secretary of an affiliation of canine farmers, accused the federal government of “trampling upon” the individuals’s proper to eat what they need and farmers’ proper to stay.
The farmers, principally poor, aged individuals, need the federal government to quickly legalize canine meat consumption for about 20 years, with the expectation that demand will step by step taper off, Ju advised the Related Press final 12 months.
In the meantime, Lee Received Bok, head of the Korea Affiliation for Animal Safety, known as the federal government’s announcement “very disappointing” as a result of it did not embrace any concrete plans on tips on how to ban canine meat consumption and lots of need a fast finish of the enterprise.
For its half, officers with the Humane Society Worldwide stated the trouble is “nonetheless no nearer to ending this merciless trade” than it was a 12 months in the past when the duty pressure was first introduced.
“The time for delay is over. We’re urging related authorities ministries to proactively work in direction of making certain the duty pressure delivers a plan to finish the struggling of all canine residing depressing lives on canine meat farms,” Lee stated in an announcement this week.
Since 2015, the Humane Society Worldwide has labored on the bottom in South Korea to completely closed 17 canine meat farms and rescue greater than 2,500 canine who’ve discovered houses within the US, Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands.
Jeffrey Flocken, president of the Humane Society Worldwide, famous how the 34 canine most just lately have a brand new likelihood to take pleasure in life.
“As a proud dad or mum of a canine rescued in 2019 from the fifteenth farm Humane Society Worldwide helped transition out of the canine meat trade, I do know these canine can develop into great additions to a household,” Flocken stated.
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This story was reported from Cincinnati. The Related Press contributed.