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Dogs bred for meat in S.Korea start new life in US

Posted by on Jan. 6, 2015 at 9:37 AM
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Dogs bred for meat in S.Korea start new life in US

Agence France-Presse (AFP)

A dog called Snowball rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea settles into the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria shelter January 5, 2015. © Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images A dog called Snowball rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea settles into the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria shelter January 5, 2015.

A dozen dogs originally destined for dinner tables in South Korea arrived in the Washington area to be adopted as pets.

They were the first of a total of 23 dogs being imported into the United States this week as part of a campaign to combat the eating of dog meat in East Asia.

Washington-based Humane Society International (HSI) located the dogs at a farm in Ilsan, northwest of Seoul, where they were being bred specifically for human consumption.

The farmer -- who acknowledged a personal fondness for dogs -- agreed to give up the animals and accept an offer of compensation and grow blueberries instead, HSI director of companion animals Kelly O'Meara told AFP, as the mongrels settled into kennels Monday at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Virginia after a long flight from Seoul.

HSI has been working with local groups in China, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to raise public awareness of the dog meat trade.

"But South Korea is unusual because it actually farms dogs to supply demand," O'Meara said, while other countries target feral dogs as food.

Every year, between 1.2 million and two million dogs are consumed in South Korea, she said, supplied by farms that number "at least in the hundreds."

A dog rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea arrives at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria shelter on January 5, 2015 © Provided by AFP A dog rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea arrives at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria shelter on January 5, 2015

O'Meara said it was the first time that dogs from South Korea intended for human consumption had been rescued and brought into the United States, where a brisk demand for adopted dogs and cats is met by a thriving network of animal rescue groups and shelters.

All 23 South Korean dogs -- the second batch is due to arrive Tuesday -- will undergo veterinarian checks in Alexandria, before being distributed among five other shelters in the Mid-Atlantic states for adoption.

"By helping these 23 dogs, we'll be helping a lot of other dogs in South Korea" by raising public awareness of the dog meat trade, said Megan Webb, executive director of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which finds homes for about 1,000 dogs a year.

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mikiemom
by Gold Member on Jan. 6, 2015 at 10:04 AM

To our US standards eating dog meat is wrong. I lived in S. Korea for two years total and had to walk by the butcher shop on my way to the base at one point. It was horrific, and we saved more than one dog by bringing them on base etc. I just don't know what the western world will be able to accomplish as dog meat is such a almost sacred part of the Korean culture. It would be like India demanding that the US stop eating beef and rescueing cows from ranches in the western US.

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