Shutting down a dog meat farm
Farm Closure Updates and FAQs
Our Animal Rescue Team has identified a dog meat farm in South Korea where 90+ dogs, including many newborn pups, have been suffering. The dogs were found locked in cages, with no protection from the hot summer sun or frequent rainstorms. Some mothers—covered in scars—have been bred over and over again; their tiny pups taken and sold for dogfighting or slaughtered for their meat. Please donate NOW to help us get these dogs to safety, permanently shut down this farm, and fight animal cruelty worldwide.
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UPDATE October 9th, 2019:
All the cages have been destroyed. No dog will ever suffer here again. Watch our thank you video. More than 90 lives saved, with your help.
UPDATE October 2nd, 2019:
The cages are empty and all the dogs are safe and on the way to their new lives. Watch a video of Storm, the last dog removed from the farm. She will now be joining the other 90+ saved dogs on their flight to freedom!
UPDATE September 23rd, 2019:
Rescue is in progress. Our Animal Rescue Team is shutting down this farm and bringing all 90+ dogs to safety. Thank you SO much to everyone who donated and supported our lifesaving work!
UPDATE September 19th, 2019:
The farmer has signed the contract and our Animal Rescue Team will be arriving this weekend in South Korea to rescue all 90+ dogs! Most will be going to our temporary shelter facility in Canada, 7 dogs will be going to the U.K., and a few dogs will be going to the Washington, DC area in the U.S.
UPDATE September 17th, 2019:
Shanti is improving under the care of a local veterinarian for a serious infection in her leg. Our temporary shelter facility in Canada is preparing to receive the dogs from this farm.
UPDATE September 13th, 2019:
A sweet tosa named Shanti was removed from the farm and rushed to the veterinarian after showing symptoms of heatstroke and a systemic infection.
UPDATE September 10th, 2019:
A mother dog named Katherine had a litter of pups and there are now 90+ dogs in need of rescue. We will continue to check on them until we are able to bring them to safety.
UPDATE September 6th, 2019:
Our local HSI Korea Dog Meat Campaign manager, Nara Kim, visited the farm to check on the dogs. She provided additional protection from the rain expected this weekend.
UPDATE September 3rd, 2019:
Nutritious food and clean water for the dogs is on the property and will be given to them each day while they wait for rescue.
Closing South Korea’s Dog Meat Farms
Since 2015, HSI has shut down more than a dozen farms and rescued nearly 2000 dogs who have found loving homes in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and the Netherlands. You can learn more about our campaign to end the dog meat trade in South Korea here.
Please watch a few of our before/after stories about dogs we’ve rescued from previous farms. More videos about our work can be found on our Facebook page.
1. Who is HSI?
One of the world’s leading animal protection charities, we are active in more than 50 countries, driving positive change for animals for almost 30 years. HSI is approved by the Better Business Bureau for all 20 standards for charity accountability. Through our rescue efforts, disaster response, veterinary clinics, and our work empowering local organizations, we serve a critical and expanding role in tackling animal suffering all over the world.
2. How is eating dog meat any different from eating cows, chickens, or other animals? Isn't this just a cultural thing?
HSI campaigns globally to address the cruelty related to the use of all animals for food, including our Meatless Mondays campaign and Forward Food plant-based culinary training. Right now, there are undeniable socio-political circumstances in countries like Indonesia and South Korea in favor of ending the dog meat trade, and we cannot ignore the opportunity this creates. Most people in South Korea do not regularly eat dog, and local opposition to the dog meat trade is increasing. HSI is proud to work alongside our Korean partners to support their work in developing culturally sensitive solutions to animal welfare concerns.
3. What happens to the dog meat farmer/farm; are they just going to open another farm?
When we reach an agreement with the farmer, the farm is shut down permanently and the cages are destroyed. We sign a legally-binding contract with the farmer to ensure they will never return to farming dogs or any other animals. We develop a business plan with them to help them transition to a humane livelihood. HSI has shut down 14 dog meat farms in South Korea, so far.
4. How can I adopt one of the dogs?
The dogs we rescue from South Korea are transported to Shelter and Rescue Partners in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. —which then facilitate the adoptions after assessing and addressing any health or behavioral concerns. Please check the links for information on Shelter and Rescue Partners and contact the organizations directly to find out how to meet the dogs and apply to adopt.
We will continue to update the U.S. and Canada link as more Shelter and Rescue Partners are confirmed. Thank you for your patience.
If you do adopt (or have adopted) a South Korea rescue dog, please tag us in a photo @hsiglobal on Facebook and Instagram!
5. Why do you transport the dogs overseas instead of adopting them out locally in South Korea?
Unfortunately, animal adoption isn’t common in South Korea. There are very few shelters, most of which are already overcrowded. In addition, there is a misconception among Koreans that “meat dogs” found on farms are somehow different from “pet dogs”. HSI is slowly changing this perspective by showcasing the countless adoptions of former meat dogs into loving families in the UK, US, and Canada.
6. Other than farm closures, what else is HSI doing to end the dog meat trade?
We have a full and active campaign to end the dog meat trade across Asia that sees us work primarily in South Korea, China, Indonesia, and India. We work closely with local governments, animal welfare organizations, media and celebrities to increase public awareness about key issues such as animal cruelty and threats to human health from the trade.
With our partners in the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA), we have helped implement a 5-year ban on the cross border trade of dogs for meat between Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia. Within Indonesia, we partnered with other groups to form the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition through which we have exposed the horrific cruelty of the trade including at live animal markets in North Sulawesi.
In China, HSI is supporting numerous local animal welfare organizations in addressing the dog meat trade within their own country. Since August 2014, our partner groups have assisted the rescue of more than 7,000 dogs across China from large transport vehicles carrying hundreds of captured dogs in crowded cages to their deaths at slaughterhouses.
In South Korea, our dog meat farm closures make the news headlines, helping expose the truth behind the trade and dispel a strong misconception that there is a difference between a “pet dog” and a “meat dog”. All breeds are found on the farms and every one of them suffers the same and has the same capacity to be a loving, family companion when given the opportunity. Our farm closure models directly display a program that can be adopted by the Korean government to put an end to the trade for good. We’re optimistic that we can shut down this industry in South Korea and beyond within the next 10 years.
To learn more about our end dog meat campaign, visit: hsi.org/dogmeat
7. Why can't the person taking the pictures rescue the dogs / why does it take so long?
The farmers allow our team to take photos of the dogs on the farm as part of our efforts to raise enough funds to shut down the farm, and they also allow us access at the same time to provide vaccinations required for the dogs’ travel. Shutting down the farm and bringing the dogs to safety in compliance with local and international law is a huge undertaking that requires heavy funding, planning, and coordination. Once identified, we assist the farmer with making improvements to the dogs’ living conditions. We perform random inspections to make sure the dogs are safe, fed, and injuries and illnesses are being treated until we’ve established a concrete plan to transport the dogs to our Shelter and Rescue Partners.
8. Can I volunteer on the farm / other than making a donation, how can I help?
Although we always appreciate the offer, we have a well-trained and experienced animal rescue team that specializes in the handling methods for dogs from these farms and similar situations, and for this reason we’re unable to accept the generous offers of volunteers to help with the South Korea rescues.
If you are unable to donate at this time, please know how important and appreciated your advocacy is to our organization. Please like our page, continue to sign our petitions, and share our posts on social media to participate in our collective effort to achieve change for animals.
As far as general ways to help, that anybody, in any location can do, please see our web page: 25 Actions to Help Animals and HSI.
9. How are my donations being used?
We are very careful in spending donations from our generous donors. We are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and score consistently high rankings across charity review sites. 85% of our funds go toward lifesaving animal protection programs, only 10% goes toward fundraising and 5% for administrative costs.