09 Oct South Korean Dog Meat Farm Closed
South Korea is the only country in the world to farm dogs for meat. Conditions are appalling: dogs in small cages, never able to go out or have access to clean food and water. Thankfully, the trade is increasingly seen there as shameful. The Humane Society International has been helping farmers there to transition from dog farming to crop farming; this is the second farm since 2014 to be closed down.The Humane Society had the agreement of the farmer, who is based just outside the capital Seoul, to close down his farm. He could keep just over 100 dogs which he supplied the meat trade with. Last August, a team from Change for Animals Foundation went to rescue the dogs and once inoculations and papers had been sorted, take them to a life of freedom in America.
Many farmers are now keen to leave dog farming amid concerns about bad karma, the environmental impact of these farms and societal shame. By working with the farmers, The Humane Society has created a model which could hopefully be extended out across South Korea, so that dog farms there could be a thing of the past.
While it is easy for everyone to feel outraged about dogs being kept in awful conditions for meat, why is it here that we are able to accept factory farming of other animals so easily?