Their destiny was to eventually become meat. But now the lives of 90 dogs have been saved thanks to the dedicated and heroic efforts of an animal charity and two TV stars.
By, 30 Sep 2019
Working closely with Humane Society International (HSI), TV dog experts Victoria Stilwell and Marc Abraham saved pups that were otherwise destined for the slaughterhouse.
The dogs were rescued from a South Korean meat farm where they would have been killed and their meat used for food.
Here in the UK, vet Marc campaigned successfully for Lucy’s Law which was to ban puppy farming in England, Scotland and Wales.
He told the Mirror that he couldn’t believe what they discovered in South Korea and how delighted the dogs were to see their rescuers. He said:
“I’m really in awe of the resilience of these beautiful dogs. They endure miserable lives in squalid conditions with just the bare minimum to keep them alive, and no veterinary care whatsoever, and yet so many of them still wag their tails and jump with excitement when shown the slightest bit of affection.
"Any factory farm for dogs is a hellish place, be that for the pet trade or the meat trade, and HSI’s program is making a massive difference here to pave the way to end this cruel industry for good.”
As a special treat here’s the moment nervous little Scooby started to trust me in his horrific dogmeat cage. Now in a sanctuary with his coat all clipped, Scooby will be up for adoption in UK later this year. Please follow Humane Society International - UK for updates :) #EndDogMeatTrade #ScoobysStoryPosted by Marc the Vet on Thursday, September 26, 2019
New homes for rescued pups
The dogs that were saved from the unimaginable horrors of Asian slaughterhouses will be flown to safety in Canada and the U.S. for adoption. Meanwhile, seven of the dogs will be flown to the UK to find new loving homes.
Dog expert Victoria explained how the trip was an incredibly eye-opening experience for the team.
She said: “It’s been a real privilege to join Humane Society International’s team in South Korea and see their dog meat farm closure program for myself.
"I’ve seen all breeds of dogs here suffering the same, kept in filthy cages with no environmental enrichment whatsoever. It's little wonder that they seem so desperate to escape. The agreement that HSI reaches with the dog farmer truly is a lifeline for these dogs.”
Pledge to end dog meat trade
The vets have been working closely with Humane Society International who successfully shut down 15 dog meat farms in South Korea. The charity has pledged to help ban the dog meat trade around the world.
The charity posted a video showing what happens when they shut down a meat farm.
UPDATE: Our Animal Rescue Team is LIVE with Victoria Stilwell and Marc the Vet removing Maisy off the South Korean dog meat farm!Posted by Humane Society International on Monday, September 23, 2019
And their efforts may be beginning to make a difference as farmer Kwon Tae-young explained: "I've thought about closing my dog farm for a while now for various reasons, but never actually did anything about it. I have lost more money on this dog farm than I have made, and I feel like the dog meat industry in South Korea has already ended really because it's the worst of the worst times for dog farmers I think."
"Find forever homes"
"One day I talked to a former dog farmer who had worked with HSI and he recommended I work with the charity to help me leave the dog meat industry. When I heard that HSI would help find forever homes for the dogs instead of them being euthanised, that's when I decided to do it,"the farmer added.
"Rather than selling them off to traders, I thought it would be so much better if they can live their life and not die for meat or live the life of a fighting dog. That is why I’m working with HSI.”