Dogs harvested at one of the many meat farms dotted across the Korean peninsula have a grim future. But in the South change is in the air, and that means freedom for hundreds of dogs.
By, 5 Feb 2019
The 2018 release of 200 dogs from a meat farm in South Korea is the latest move in what many observers claim to be a cultural sea-change. Where once it was a delicacy thought to bolster the sex drive of the diner, dog meat is slowly becoming something of a taboo, and today fewer young Koreans than ever eat dog meat.
The Humane Society International (HSI), a global charity for the protection of animals around the world visited a dog farm in the town of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea in October 2018. The Society convinced the owner to release 200 dogs in a considerable downsizing of his operation.
Dermot is one of 200 dogs released. The Labrador cross was extracted from the farm and checked over before being given the green light to travel to an animal shelter in the United Kingdom. Dermot’s fortune was to be with a British family that had spotted him on HSI’s website at the time.
‘After losing both of our beloved dogs due to old age in 2017, we were looking for a rescue dog,’ Tracy Jones told The Dodo. ‘I saw a report by the Telegraph UK newspaper with the success of HSI closing down the meat farm. I then went to the HSI webpage and tearfully watched the rescue video. Straight away, little Dermot captured my heart and I knew I had to have him.’
In December 2018 Dermot arrived in the UK and was welcomed by his new family.
‘He still has his scared moments and likes quiet time, but overall is a mischievous bundle of fun,’ Jones said. ‘He loves his toys, his walks in the park, snuggles on the sofa and a carry when his legs are tired from walking.’