January 11, 2017
Two hundred dogs from South Korean dog meat farm rescued and transported to the US, UK and Canada for adoption
Farm located in Gangwon province, where the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place
Rescuers with Humane Society International transported 200 dogs saved from a South Korean dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea, to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. This is the sixth dog meat farm closure managed by HSI, with a total of 770 dogs rescued since January 2015 as part of the organization’s campaign to end the dog meat trade in South Korea and across Asia.
The dogs will be taken to animal shelters participating in The Humane Society of the United States’ Emergency Placement Partner program (HSI is the international affiliate of The HSUS), where they will be placed for adoption as family pets in loving homes. The shelters are located in Florida, Virginia, Oklahoma and Ohio, among other states. See below for a full list of states and shelters.
The dog meat operation is located in Gangwon province, which is significant because it is the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. HSI is calling on the government to support a phase out of the dog meat trade ahead of the Olympics and an ultimate ban on the trade.
Adam Parascandola, director of animal protection and crisis response for HSI, who assisted in the dog rescue, said: “With the Winter Olympics just over a year away, now is the time for the Korean government to act to end the dog meat trade and let the world focus on the country’s preparations for a great sporting event, rather than on the terrible cruelty of being raised on farms for a product few Koreans consume. These rescued dogs will soon experience the compassion and care of humans that is not afforded to them at these farms. They will serve as ambassadors for the millions of others still suffering on dog meat farms in South Korea.”
HSI has found through its successful interventions over the past two years that many people who run dog meat operations are eager to leave the trade and transition to new livelihoods. To end the trade for good, HSI is urging a government-led phase out of dog meat farming and consumption.
The owner of this operation approached HSI after being urged by her daughter to give up the dog meat business and transition to another line of work. The dogs on this farm include breeds of all kinds such as cocker spaniels, English spaniels, beagles and Pyrenees as well as the more commonly found on meat farms, like mastiffs and Jindos.
- With this latest operation, HSI has helped rescue 770 dogs from dog meat farms in South Korea.
- Most people in South Korea don’t regularly eat dogs, and the practice is increasingly out of favor with the younger generation.
- Most people in South Korea never visit a dog meat farm and are unaware of the suffering experienced by the dogs. HSI is keen to dispel the widespread misconception that farmed dogs are somehow different in nature to companion dogs.
- An estimated 30 million dogs are brutally killed each year, primarily in Asia, for the global dog meat trade. HSI is also waging campaigns in China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos and other Asian nations to stop the trade.
For more information visit hsi.org/dogmeat
B-roll video and photos of the dogs are available via the media contacts listed below.
HSI (South Korea) Nara Kim, firstname.lastname@example.org
HSI (United Kingdom): Wendy Higgins, email@example.com, +44 (0)7989 972 423
HSI (Washington DC, USA): Raul Arce-Contreras, firstname.lastname@example.org, + 301.721.6440
Note: Below is a list of HSUS Emergency Placement Partner shelters receiving dogs from this latest rescue. This list may be updated, so please check back.
Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County, hsvb.org
All For One Pet Rescue, allforonerescue.org
Humane Society of Marion County, thehsmc.org
Humane Society of Tampa Bay, humanesocietytampa.org
Humane Society of Broward County, humanebroward.com
Alachua County Humane Society, alachuahumane.org
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, luckydoganimalrescue.org
Virginia Beach SPCA, vbspca.org
Animal Welfare League of Arlington, awla.org
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, homewardtrails.org
Angels of Assisi, angelsofassisi.org
Wolfspirits Rescue, wolfspiritsrescue.com
Toledo Area Humane Society, toledohumane.org
Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, rsmspca.org
Animal Care Sanctuary, animalcaresanctuary.org
Pawfect Match Rescue, pawfectmatch.org
Humane Society of Tulsa, tulsapets.com
Humane Rescue Alliance, humanerescuealliance.org
In addition to our shelter and rescue partners, we are grateful to the following organizations that contributed resources for this rescue:
- Pittsburgh Aviation Animal Rescue Team (PAART): provided transport to Pennsylvania and Ohio through their vast volunteer network
- RedRover: provided animal care services in Florida at our temporary shelter hosted by Vero Beach Humane Society
- HALO: donated dog food for many of the dogs in this rescue
- Greater Good: contributed financial resources in the form of grants