Humane Society Saves 46 Dogs From Being Slaughtered At A Korean Meat Farm

And now they're headed to the U.S. for adoption!

The dog meat trade is sadly still alive and well in many parts of the world. One of the most famous dog meat markets is in South Korea, where animals are kept in truly deplorable conditions. But thanks to the actions of Humane Society International, 46 of those dogs have been rescued and will be adopted in America.

According to Kelly O’Meara, who oversees the Humane Society’s companion animal-related international projects, there are still about 17,000 other dog farms in South Korea. But there’s good news: The industry is shrinking at an incredible rate, and demand has plummeted.

The pups will be cared for by veterinarians and evaluated before they can be placed for adoption. And if you’re interested, there are plenty of purebred animals that need forever homes too. Chihuahuas, Maltese, spaniels and other purebreds have been among the more than 800 dogs rescued from seven different farms since 2015.

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Why do these animals end up in America? According to O’Meara, these dogs are typically unwanted as pets or companions in South Korea. Some of the dogs were abandoned, and others were sold to the meat industry by people who no longer wanted them.

The Humane Society is based in Washington, D.C. and relies entirely on private donations (hint, hint!). It deals directly with dog meat farmers to close down dog meat businesses—and help the owners transition to other lines of work.

While this is a horrifying story that tugs at the heartstrings (who doesn’t love dogs?!), it’s important to remember that factory farming practices for domestic animals such as chickens, pigs and cows can be equally cruel. Factory farming practices also damage the environment thanks to waste runoff and water consumption.

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If we care enough about these South Korean dogs to fly them to America to be rescued, it is equally important we consume responsibly raised meat.

On the plus side, this is a great reminder to adopt, not shop. Thanks to Humane Society International, 46 people will find their newest furry best friends.