We stand with HSI and the fight against the dog meat trade!
We stand with the Humane Society and the fight against the dog meat trade!
Humane Society International (HSI) works around the world to promote the human-animal bond, rescue and care for companion animals, improve farm animal welfare, protect wildlife, advance animal-free testing and research, respond to natural disasters and confront mistreatment of animals in all of its forms. As the global affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States, HSI is a powerful international force against animal cruelty, exploitation, and neglect.
We do this by advocating for humane policies, investigating cruelty, pushing for enforcement of existing laws and the passage of new ones where needed, running educational campaigns, and partnering with stakeholders to change practices. Every year we provide direct care to hundreds of thousands of animals living on the streets, caught in disasters, and trapped in cruelty cases.
In South Korea, an estimated 2 million dogs being raised for consumption are kept in thousands of facilities, left exposed to the elements in barren cages without adequate food and water. Many suffer from disease and malnutrition, and all are subjected to terrible, daily neglect and sometimes deliberate cruelty. The methods used to kill the dogs are brutal — electrocution is most common, and they are slaughtered in full view of other dogs.
HSI has closed 16 dog meat farms and rescued and re-homed more than 2,000 dogs since we began our campaign. We destroy the cages so they can never be used again, get the farmer to sign a contract that says he will leave the business for good, and we help him find a humane career to transition to.
Our successes just in the last year include: rescuing nearly 200 dogs who we found languishing in rows of dilapidated cages, surrounded by animal waste, junk and garbage. We flew them to the US, UK, and Canada, where they were placed with our shelter partners to begin the journey to loving homes. Our campaign reached a major milestone when Seoul’s last three dog meat shops agreed to end slaughter on-site. We also coordinated with and assisted partner groups and the local government in shutting down the country’s second-largest dog meat market, Gupo Market in Busan. Gupo was one of the country’s largest markets selling chilled dog meat and live dogs killed to order.
Working with our in-country partners, HSI will win a ban on dog meat farming in South Korea by 2024. By 2030, our efforts will have led to the shut-down of all dog meat farms and cultural shift in favor of dog adoption will have begun. Over the next five years, HSI will close eight more dog meat farms and save more than 1,200 dogs trapped within; open and run a pilot dog adoption training center; launch a public awareness campaign; lobby the South Korean government; and continue our work with industry stakeholders to dismantle the dog meat industry from within.All Articles >