200 dogs rescued from South Korean dog meat farm

Humane Society International say 770 dogs have been saved since 2015

200 dogs rescued from South Korean dog meat farm

Image: Facebook/Humane Society International

Some 200 dogs have been rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm to be rehomed in the US, UK and Canada.

Rescuers with Humane Society International (HSI) transported the dogs from a farm in Wonju.

The group say the owner of this operation approached HSI, after being urged by her daughter to give up the dog meat business.

The dogs on this farm included breeds such as cocker spaniels, English spaniels, beagles and Pyrenees - as well as the more commonly found on meat farms, like mastiffs and Jindos.

This is the sixth dog meat farm closure managed by HSI, with a total of 770 dogs rescued since January 2015.

It is part of a campaign to end the dog meat trade in South Korea and across Asia.

The HSI say the dogs will be taken to animal shelters, where they will be placed for adoption as family pets in homes.

While The Washington Post reports on one such rehoming.

The dog meat operation is located in Gangwon province, which HSI say is significant because it is the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

HSI is calling on governments 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, 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."

An estimated 30 million dogs are killed each year, primarily in Asia, for the global dog meat trade.

But HSI say most people in South Korea do not regularly eat dogs - and the practice is increasingly out of favour with the younger generation.