The 23 dogs that were saved from a meat farm in South Korea and sent to the US to get a new life have arrived at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
The canines who will now enjoy a better and bright future are waiting to be bathed and groomed up for adoption.
Until now, they had lived in wired cages but now they can move about freely and breathe fresh air.
The dog meat farmer Moon Suk Jung agreed to the proposal to shut down his business and accept $2500 in order to convert his property into a blueberry farm.
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The dogs will be sent to five area shelters in Washington were they will wait to be adopted by loving families.
The rescue is part of Humane Society’s broader campaign to reduce the dog-meat trade across Asia. O’Meara said they also hope to raise public awareness in Korea, as few people even know about the dog-meat commerce.
Although people in some Asian countries consume dog
meat, O’Meara said, South Korea’s practice of raising dogs for slaughter on a farm is unusual. She said the meat from an estimated 1.2 million to 2 million dogs consumed in Korea each year comes primarily from farms, as opposed to in other countries, where, she said, dogs are found on the street and taken directly to slaughterhouses.
Paulina Firozi wrote the article on: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/