In a press release, The Humane Society had this to say:
“Rescuing animals from suffering and neglect is as important as ever,” said Kitty Block, CEO of Humane Society International and president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.”
“Thanks to the hard work of our staff and partners — both in Korea and the U.S. — these dogs will now have the happy lives they deserve: with families who love them.”
Nara Kim/HSI; pictured above is one of the rescued dogs on the flight to America
“Sixty of the dogs arriving in the United States were rescued from a single dog meat farm by HSI in May (the remaining dogs from that farm are scheduled to go to Canada).”
“This was the 16th farm the organization has helped to close since 2015.”
“The dogs stayed in a temporary shelter in South Korea until modification of travel restrictions made it possible for HSI to bring them to the United States.”
“While dog meat is eaten in several countries in Asia, South Korea is the only country that farms dogs for human consumption on a large scale.”
“An estimated 2 million dogs a year are reared on thousands of dog meat farms across the country.”
“The conditions on these farms are horrific – most dogs live their entire lives in barren wire cages without adequate shelter or veterinary care until they are brutally slaughtered, usually by electrocution or hanging.”
“HSI’s pioneering program works with Korean dog farmers to rescue their dogs and transition the farmers to more humane and profitable livelihoods.”
“The farmers sign a 20-year contract, stipulating they will not breed dogs or any animals, and the cages are demolished to ensure that no animals will suffer on the property in future.”
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