More than 100 dogs destined to be slaughtered for meat in South Korea have been rescued and will now find new homes.
Humane Society International successfully saved the 103 pups from a dog meat farm in Chungcheongnam-do and is now flying them to the U.S., where they will be adopted.
As pressure grows against the dog meat trade in the country, the farmer, Mr. Kim, made an agreement with the charity to permanently end raising dogs for food. He had previously bred the dogs for about a year.
He said: “As a dog lover, I hope to see more dogs getting adopted to families. In the future, I hope other farmers will be given this opportunity where they can change to different businesses.”
Rescuers found a range of breeds at the farm, including large mastiffs, Spaniel mixes and Chihuahuas. They were kept in small, dirty cages and likely would’ve been killed by electrocution.
HSI was shocked when they first saw the dogs, said director of companion animals and engagement, Kelly O'Meara.
She explained: ”They were clearly terrified, but once they realized we weren’t there to hurt them, their tails started wagging, eager for the slightest show of affection. They have so much love to give, it’s appalling to think they were destined to be butchered for their meat.
“These dogs are going to make wonderful canine companions. Rescuing them and getting to know their personalities makes us even more determined to end the cruel dog meat trade.”
More than two million dogs are bred and killed for their meat each year in South Korea, according to HSI.