21 Dogs were rescued from an illegal dog meat farm in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. This came just days before the hottest day of the year. Humane Society International was responsible for saving the dogs after they were left behind, when the facility was shut down by authorities. Government officials removed 38 dogs from the farm and rehomed the canines. The other 21 dogs left behind had a "deadline for removal" that, if surpassed, would put the animals at risk of euthanasia or being sold to a slaughter house.
"Korean K9 Rescue is happy to work in partnership with HSI in dismantling and rescuing animals from the Ansan dog meat farm. As the animals are suffering in the sweltering summer heat, we have moved quickly to remove them from an unbearable situation that no living being should endure. It's important we keep pushing for reform and change to the agriculture laws within South Korea and effectively promote change from within," Gina Boehler, the executive director of Korean K9 Rescue, said in a statement. A recent Nielsen poll found nearly 84% of South Koreans said they don't or won't eat dog, and almost 60% supported a legislative ban.
"This dog farm is typical of so many across South Korea where thousands of dogs are languishing in filthy, deprived conditions, enduring the unimaginable frustration of being confined in tiny cages their whole lives until they are brutally killed by electrocution. Thankfully, we are able to bring a happy ending for these young dogs who will receive all the medical care and attention they need before flying to North America later in the year to seek adoptive homes." Sangkyung Lee, HSI/Korea's dog meat campaign manager, said of the rescue in a statement.
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