As many as 50 dogs were rescued from a horrid meat farm where they were forced to watch on as other pups were being slaughtered in South Korea.
The authorities have shut down the facility after the Korean animal protection workers found out that the dogs were locked up in metal cages without proper access to food and water. The farmers who had been running the facility left the dogs behind after officials issued a demolition order for the property.
As per a report in Daily Mail, the facility in the Yongin city had been operating in breach of South Korea’s national Animal Protection Act.
When they were found by the rescuers, many of the dogs were visibly shaken and traumatized from their experience. They were also suffering from malnutrition, as well as painful skin diseases and sore feet from standing on the wire floor of the cages.
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“Many of these dogs were really afraid when our rescuers entered the farm, pressing their bodies to the back wall of their cage and hiding their faces. So they were clearly traumatized and afraid of people,” Wendy Higgins, Director of International Media for Humane Society International (HSI), told Treehugger.
“I shudder to think of the horrors that they will have witnessed on the farm, especially as this facility also had a dog slaughterhouse on site so they will have seen and heard dogs being killed,” she added.
The animal rights groups – Humane Society International/Korea, LIFE, KoreanK9Rescue, and Yongin Animal Care Association – worked closely with local authorities to remove the dogs so the structures could be demolished.
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It was reported that almost 2 million dogs are being kept on thousands of farms across South Korea. The Humane Society International/Korea has so far been successful in shutting down down 17 of them.
The organisation is pushing for legislation to be introduced in the country to end the dog meat trade, with a large majority showing its growing support for an end to the practice.
Most South Koreans do not eat dog meat, and a growing number see the animals as pets rather than food, according to the organisation.
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