Animal welfare officers rescued 28 dogs from the back of a truck that was on its way to a dog meat festival in South Korea.
By, 18 Aug 2019
Rescuers discovered the 28 dogs crammed into tiny, rusted cages in the back of a truck after a tip-off. Almost all the animals were suffering from dehydration and malnutrition, and many displayed signs of serious neglect.
These dogs were saved from a certain death
A few pooches were still wearing dog collars, confirming suspicions that dog meat traders snatch pets off the street in preparation for the 'festival.'
"Our Korean rescue partners got a tip-off about a truck piled high with rusty wire metal cages crammed full of helpless dogs packed together and rushed to the scene. Some dogs were struggling to breathe; they were packed so tightly that they could not move or even turn their heads."
Staff from In Defense of Animals work tirelessly to protect pooches from events like the Boknal, a dog meat festival that takes place every summer in the Korean city.
Bok Nal - also known as Malbok - is held on separate days in July and August, supposedly the hottest of the year, when Koreans eat the most dog meat.— Wild Animal Awareness (@WWA_Awareness) October 30, 2018
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They've already saved thousands of dogs from meeting a gruesome death and often come across scenes of unimaginable cruelty.
The animals are being cared for at a veterinary hospital and are said to be recovering well. Once they're fit and healthy enough, rescue workers will find them the perfect forever homes.
An ancient practice that needs to stop
Around 500,000 dogs are slaughtered during the three-day festival. This ancient practice stretches back thousands of years, and many of the country's older generation still believe that dog meat contains healing properties that boost energy and vitality.
But attitudes among younger people are very different. Protests calling for an end to these types of events are a common sight in South Korea nowadays. Let's hope it isn't too long before the authorities take note and put an end to this cruel and unnecessary practice.