We first heard about the work that Change for Animals Foundation did through a major article in the BBC.
The foundation is committed to securing a ban on the dog meat industry in South Korea – to end an inherently cruel industry that causes an immense amount of animal suffering.
The foundation wants to change the widely-held belief that there are two ’types’ of dogs in South Korea- ‘meat dogs’ and ‘pet dogs’.
There is only one ‘type’ of dog – all dogs are equally worthy of protection and compassion.
The organization is battling the perceived health benefits associated with dog meat consumption by highlighting the human health risks associated with its production and consumption.
Every year, an estimated 2 million dogs are farmed and slaughtered for their meat and other products in South Korea. There are thousands of dog meat farms throughout the country, varying in size from small backyard enterprises to large-scale intensive farming systems, housing thousands of dogs.
On the farms, dogs are often kept crammed in row after row of barren cages, and left to stand on metal bars for their entire lives, fed on leftover food waste, and offered little protection from the burning hot sun in the summer or freezing conditions of South Korea’s winter.
While dog meat consumption is often defended as ‘tradition’ or ‘culture’, in more recent years, its production has proliferated for commercial reasons, and, alongside the significant animal welfare concerns associated with the industry, there is a mounting body of evidence that suggests that the production and consumption of their meat also poses a substantial risk to human health.
Yet, despite the significance of the dog meat industry in South Korea, it operates either illegally or in breach of animal protection or disease control and human health regulations, the foundation says.