Most of the dogs found in the meat farms of South Korea have been specifically bred for the purpose. Some are also stolen from unwitting owners; such is the demand for dog meat. The conditions on these farms are, unsurprisingly, horrific; so too is the grizzly end that these dogs meet.
Despite 1 in every 4 South Korean household living with pets, many of whom are dogs, simply put, it’s a case of ‘pet dogs’ versus ‘farmed dogs’ and the distinction between the two is heartbreaking. While pet dogs are considered part of the family, it’s widely thought that ‘meat dogs’ lack the same feelings; some even believe that these dogs don’t have souls.
The most common dog found on meat farms is the Jindo, known for their intelligence, loyalty and sleek white coats. Categorised as ‘meat dogs’ unworthy of affection or love, in some parts of the country, vets even refuse to treat them.
South Korea’s cultural attitudes have developed over time, making way for younger generations who are abandoning the tradition of eating dog meat, and even going as far as to campaign against it. This is a positive step in the right direction, and we’re proud to be part of supporting that change – but until every cage is empty, there’s still lots to be done.