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Humane Society International save 200 dogs from dog meat farm in latest rescue mission

Humane Society International (HSI, has saved nearly 200 dogs from South Korea’s dog meat industry in their most recent rescue mission. Chihuahuas, corgis, huskies, Yorkshire terriers, Pomeranians and French bulldogs are just some of the breeds that have been rescued from a squalid breeding facility in Honseong, South Korea.

HSI have often found a wide range of breeds at dog meat farms, but this is the first incident where they have also discovered puppies being bred for the pet trade. The young dogs that weren’t sold would also end up at the slaughterhouse. The farm was run by 60-year-old farmer Lee, who wishes to put his days of dog breeding behind him — a move that his family support, having always opposed his involvement.

HSI will now be working with him to evolve his business into a more profitable and humane enterprise, such as arable farming. The support from HSI is crucial to see positive change, stop the dog meat trade and educate farmers on the other ways that they can farm. In this case, a 20-year contract has been signed to ensure that the farmer stays out of any animal-based industry, allowing him to fully establish a plant-based product to farm.

Nara Kim, HSI Korea’s dog meat campaigner said: “We found them cowering in rusty cages as they endure the bitter cold of the Korean winter. It is an immense relief to be able to rescue them and fly them to North America where we can work with partner organisations and begin their search for adoptive families. For them the nightmare is over, and we hope that by exposing their suffering, we can hasten the end of the entire industry for good.”

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our April issue. This month we’ve spent a lot of time discussing advocacy at Vegan Life HQ. The internet has undeniably had a huge impact on spreading the vegan message and our cover star, Monami Frost, is one person who uses her platform for good. She tells us why vegans don’t have to compromise and shares her top tips for advocating online. We were lucky enough to talk to Rich Hardy, now head of campaigns at Veganuary, who has spent 20 years working undercover to expose animal cruelty — putting himself in risky and potentially dangerous situations to share the stories of so many voiceless animals. It was great to catch up with Bob from ETHCS to see how the departure of Tim Shieff has changed things for the vegan brand. They’re so passionate about making ethical and vegan clothing easy and accessible to buy, and also have some exciting plans coming up. Tony Galuidi has written a thought provoking piece on how to approach advocacy — it sparked a big office debate, so we rolled the question out to our readers — should we be more supportive of those cutting down meat, but not cutting it out? Read what was said. Have a great month,

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