Golden Valley Animal Humane Society conducts first international rescue
Ten Korean Jindo puppies, who faced with a torturous lifestyle and violent death, recently received a life-saving opportunity from a community of animal advocates around the globe.
In South Korea and other Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, China and Indonesia, the folklore about the consumption of dog meat and its many health benefits has been passed down for generations.
It is believed that when consumed, meat from tortured dogs can enhance male virility, combat fatigue and lower one’s body temperature during hot summer days. For these reasons, dog meat is largely consumed in the summer and by men 50 years and older.
“It’s completely based on ignorance,” said Molly Nemec, an animal advocate who volunteers at Northwoods Humane Society in Wyoming, Minnesota, and founded the Friends for Asian Animal Rescue group on Facebook. “It’s not culture, it’s torture.”
Although younger generations are beginning to see these beliefs as myth, an estimated 2.5 million dogs from the approximately 17,000 dog meat farms in South Korea continue to be abused, slaughtered and eaten each year.