Target: Kelly O’Meara, Director of Companion Animals and Engagement for Humane Society International
Goal: Thank the Human Society International for saving dogs from a horrible fate at a South Korean meat farm
The first 23 dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm have finally arrived at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Prior to being rescued by the Human Society International, these dogs lived outdoors in wire cages waiting to be slaughtered. Although South Korea’s method of farming dogs for meat differs from other Asian countries where stray dogs are taken directly from the streets to a slaughterhouse, both methods are part of a cruel trade.
The Humane Society International has been working with South Korean dog meat farmers for over a year and this is the first time a farmer has cooperated and willingly relinquished the dogs on his farm. As part of a signed agreement, the farmer permanently shut down his dog meat farm in exchange for $2,500 to help convert his property into a blueberry farm. By offering assistance to farmers who are willing to cooperate, the Human Society International hopes that many other dog meat farmers will agree to shut down their farms as well.
When the dogs first arrived at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, they were more social than expected although many of them were very frightened of being picked up. After spending time in a safe and caring environment, staff members have noticed an obvious and positive shift in the dogs’ behavior. These dogs will be inspected for any illnesses before being put up for adoption. Sign this petition and thank the Humane Society International for rescuing these dogs and giving them a chance at a happier life.
Dear Director O’Meara,
I am very happy to hear about all the incredible work the Humane Society has done to permanently shut down a dog meat farm in South Korea and rescue the dogs living on the farm. In Asian countries that consume dog meat, stray dogs are usually taken directly from the street to a slaughter house. South Korea’s method of farming dogs for meat is considered unusual by some people, but is equally cruel in my opinion.
I believe that you have established a great process to gain cooperation from South Korean dog meat farmers. You offered to exchange the dogs for an agreement to shut down the farm and $2,500 to help convert the property into a blueberry farm. I believe that by offering assistance, you have set a great example for the other farmers who are not yet willing to cooperate.
I am elated to hear that the dogs are happy and doing well at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and are all great candidates for adoption. I would like to thank you for the work you have done to try and put an end to this cruel trade and for giving these dogs a chance at a happier life.
[Your Name Here]
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