DOGS destined to be eaten in South Korea have lastly been saved after spending months in cages as a result of the coronavirus pandemc delayed their rescue.
The Humane Society Worldwide’s mission to save lots of 70 canine from the meat farm in Hongseong lastly obtained underway after the farmer was satisfied to give up the the canine meat business.
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The rescue was initially scheduled for early March, however was dropped at grinding halt when South Korea went into lockdown because the killer bug continued to unfold.
On account of journey restrictions, the canine are nonetheless unable to fly to their closing locations in Canada and the US the place they’ll ultimately be adopted.
South Korea has recorded 256 demise and 10,810 instances after deciding to lockdown early and aggressive contact tracing strategies.
HSI has relocated them to a brief boarding place the place they’ll obtain veterinary care.
Canine farmer Nakseon Kim bred canine for practically 40 years however because of the rising disgust in consuming them in addition to new laws and courtroom rulings – he was in search of a approach out of the declining enterprise.
Mr Kim stated: “It could sound odd however I began canine farming as a result of I like canine. I’ve by no means truly been a giant fan of canine meat myself.
“I had a couple of canine so I started breeding them and after I had 20 or 30 I began to promote them as a result of I believed it might be good cash nevertheless it hasn’t actually labored out that approach.
“I earn nothing from this canine farm, and strain from the federal government is rising and it’s not a superb enterprise in any respect.”
I earn nothing from this canine farm, and strain from the federal government is rising and it’s not a superb enterprise in any respect.
Canine farmer Nakseon Kim
Mr Kim bred Poodles, Beagles, Huskies, Golden retrievers, Pomeranians, Chihuahuas and Boston terriers for the meat commerce and the pet mill commerce at his farm in Hongseong.
With the assistance of HSI, the farmer is now buying and selling that in to develop cabbages and different greens.
Nara Kim, HSI’s canine meat campaigner, stated: “Sadly, it’s nonetheless quite common in South Korea to see dwell puppies on the market in pet store home windows.
“However what most Koreans will probably be shocked to be taught is that these identical puppies may simply have ended up being killed for human consumption as a substitute.
“Whether or not they dwell or die, they’re all born on this depressing place, their moms intensively bred again and again till they’re exhausted and ultimately bought to slaughterhouses.
“I’m so glad that this nightmare has ended for these beautiful canine, however till the federal government commits to part out this dreadful business, the nightmare continues for tens of millions extra.
“As Koreans we should be their voice and name for an finish to the canine farming and canine meat industries.”
Mr Kim’s farm is the 16th of its variety to be closed because the charity’s farmer transition program started in 2015.
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Consuming canine meat has been declining in South Korea, and is banned or severely restricted in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines.
In each Indonesia and Vietnam’s capital metropolis Hanoi pledged an finish to the canine meat commerce in 2018.
Final month, the Chinese language cities of Shenzhen and Zhuhai banned canine and cat meat consumption after a public assertion by the Chinese language authorities delcared canine are thought of companions and never livestock.
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