Amount: £10,000 Beneficiary: 200 Dogs in Korea Purpose: Closing Hongseong. Food, supplies, medical and behavioural treatment. Charity Partner: Humane Society International
WATCH FIRST An inspirational film showing the result of work by HSI to shut down dog meat farms. Having met some of the fantastic people from HSI and heard their passion and dedication, we are proud to support them in all their work.
Dog and cat traders snatch animals from the streets, steal pets from backyards or buy them from owners. They are crammed together on the back of trucks and driven for days—sick, hungry, thirsty, injured and afraid—then beaten to death or hanged in slaughterhouses or markets. In South Korea, dogs are bred in barren cages, without proper food, water or protection from the elements. Most people across Asia don’t eat dog or cat, and HSI is working with local groups to lobby for change.
HONGSEONG DOG MEAT FARM WILL NEVER SELL DOG MEAT AGAIN
The now ex-dog meat farm is situated around 2.5 hours outside Seoul, South Korea. It alternated between dog meat farming and puppy milling. Over 200 dogs ranging from small breeds to larger dogs more traditionally associated with the dog meat trade, were kept there. The conditions were pretty similiar to what you would expect to see on dog meat farms: barren cages, lack of appropriate food and water, emaciated dogs and little to no protection from brutal winter conditions.
WHY ARE WE DONATING TO HELP CLOSE THIS DOG MEAT FARM?
We believe this to be a truly powerful, game-changing farm closure in the battle against the barbaric dog meat trade. We know that the South Korean public is outraged by puppy mills. Linking puppy mills to the dog meat trade through this closure will gain even more public support for bringing an end to dog cruelty in the region.
In 2012, Elliot, our founder, returning from a long business trip in Australia visiting Medik8 customers, took a stop-over scuba diving holiday in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. There, in the local town was a popular dog meat market which incredibly, was a thriving tourist attraction. Elliot categorically refused to visit but heard horrific tales from those who did. It affected him deeply and this donation is a chance for him to finally do something significant he has long promised himself, and Zipper, that he would do.
WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR?
This donation has been given to Humane Society International to pay for food, supplies, medical and behavioural treatment for all of the 200 dogs saved from death row, in their latest dog meat farm closure.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE DOGS?
Freedom. The Zipper Foundation has paid for full expert medical and behavioural treatment that the dogs will now receive in Canada, UK and the USA. They will then be put up for adoption and find loving families. In fact, we already have a couple of volunteers in the Medik8 office who are willing to adopt a dog for themselves! Watch this space for updates as we follow the dogs on their journey.
SEE JUST ONE LIFE SAVED AND TRANSFORMED
Thank you to all the team on the ground at HSI. And to all our customers who make our donations possible. If you want to give a few pounds directly, see the donate buttons below.