Hundreds of dogs and puppies have been rescued from a meat farm in South Korea by an animal rights charity.

The squalid farm in Hongseong in western South Korea, had been breeding dogs both for meat and to be sold as pets for eight years, keeping tiny puppies and adult dogs in cramped, rusting cages. Nearly 200 Chihuahuas, corgis, huskies, Yorkshire terriers, poodles, Pomeranians, Shih Tzus, and French bulldogs have today been removed by Humane Society International (HSI) activists.

Newborn puppies were found living in cages with exposed wire floors with only heat lamps and disused tyres for insulation, while 'meat dogs' were kept outside in the freezing cold waiting to be sold to local restaurants.

Many of the dogs had untreated injuries or deformities to their paws and legs as a result of living in the small cages with no proper flooring. Others were emaciated with matted fur, or had been left without water in their bowls. As the farm functioned both to breed meat dogs and as a puppy mill, any 'pet dogs' which could not be sold would end up in the slaughterhouse.

'The lines between puppy mills and dog meat farms are routinely blurred throughout South Korea, and with our latest dog farm closure we are exposing the shocking reality of that,' Nara Kim of HSI South Korea said.

These dogs are suffering at the hands of two abusive industries, their ultimate fate depending on whether they will sell for more money as a pet or for meat.

'They all start life in this depressing, squalid place, with the lucky few ending up being a loved companion whilst their cage mates are served at a restaurant, or enter a chain of auctions where they are sold on to the next farmer to produce litter after litter of puppies.'

Activists from HSI had visited the farm several times in recent weeks, and had been able to move some of the cages indoors, and put straw on the floor.

Finally, after negotiations with the farmer which includes a 20-year contract which ensures he will stay out of the dog meat trade, HSI were finally able to rescue the dogs this week.

The owner, Lee Sang-gu, had been eager to close the farm as the dog meat trade has become increasingly unprofitable. Dog meat consumption is declining rapidly in South Korea, particularly among younger generations.

Responses to "Hundreds of dogs are rescued from meat and puppy farm in South Korea"

  1. Unknown says:

    Wonderful news to hear, those of us who support these causes sometimes wondered if there was an end in sight, being animal lovers it so heart breaking to see these animals being so abused when they have so much love to give, and to see and hear the strides that are being made is so uplifting, and the great people who are so committed to saving as many as humanly possible GOD BLESS every single one of the angels they are truly the salt of the earth, we prey that animal abuse world wide will end one day when the world takes up the cause,together we can all do our part in whatever way we can, and be the voices they never had before, far too many have died in fear horrid conditions and it is nothing short of disgraceful and wrong on every level.

  2. whenever I hear about about rescues of animals living in horrible conditions without even their very basic needs being met, my Heart skips a couple beats...thank you ever so much to organizations like Humane Society International for all of your efforts...thank you from every animal that you have ever been able to rescue !! Well Done !!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank the Great Spirit for all those who are working so hard to stop these horrendous acts. I pray that all these awful places are shut down quickly. These poor animals don't deserve to be treated so horrible.

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