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A group of 171 dogs saved from South Korea’s brutal dog meat trade are starting their search for loving homes in the United States and Canada. Humane Society International rescued the dogs as part of its campaign to end the dog meat trade, and flew them to the U.S. Here, its affiliate the Humane...

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Two dogs in a cage on a dog meat farm in South Korea

Lee Tae Hyung had raised dogs for meat for more than two decades, but late last year he was looking for a way out. Under criticism from his family for a business that shamed them, and facing complaints from neighbors about the noise and smell, he was ready to cut ties with the trade that had...

Karen E. Lange
Dogs in filthy cages at a dog meat farm in South Korea

It’s still dark, the coming dawn a wash of paler blue in the inky sky over Namyangju, a small city outside of Seoul, when the line of vans turns off the main highway onto a gravel side road. The vans ascend the narrow drive up a brushy, frozen hillside, assembling above a cluster of ramshackle metal...

M. Carrie Allan
Dogs in filthy conditions at a dog meat farm in South Korea

When the U.S.-based rescuers from Humane Society International touched down in Seoul in mid-October, they faced the usual jet lag. But rather than tackle it by jumping head-first into their work—shutting down their 17th South Korean dog meat farm—they went straight to a hotel … and straight into...

By Emily Hamlin Smith
Rescuer Justine Hill works on leash training with a white dog named Gahee

Of the more than 150 dogs rescued in October from a South Korean dog meat farm, most have already found loving homes—but a dozen or so require a bit of extra TLC first. Their surroundings at an HSUS-run temporary shelter are a far cry from the filthy, cramped cages where they awaited a gruesome fate...

By Danielle S. Tepper
A Veterinarian treats a dog rescued from the China dog meat trade.

WARNING: This page contains graphic content. Editor's note: Since this article first published, activists have continued to go to Yulin to protest its annual dog meat festival and rescue dogs. A recent HSI investigation revealed that about 300 dogs are killed each day in the Yulin to supply the city...

Karen E. Lange
Dog in a cage at a South Korea dog meat farm

With a head the size of a basketball, broad shoulders and massive paws, Florence might at first seem imposing. But the mastiff mix’s wagging tail and puppy-like wonder in her wrinkle-topped eyes are endearing. When you toss her a stuffed toy, she gives it a good shake and pins it against the ground...

Ruthanne Johnson

Row upon row of cages were filled with barking Labs, retrievers, shepherds and mixes—all eager to greet the Humane Society International rescuers who had just arrived at a dog meat farm in South Korea last October. As research student Myles Wallingford moved around the property, he saw the...

by Emily Smith