For those in the United States who love dogs as pets and consider them members of their family, there is another part of the world who consider dogs as food. For South Koreans, dog meat is an industry. For Guardians of Rescue based in New York, this is another animal welfare and rescue cause, and they have initiated a project called “Real Men Don’t Eat Dog” in order to rescue many South Korean dogs from this unfortunate fate.
A lengthy article was published last year in the online news source, Stars and Stripes Korea, about the Korean dog meat industry. The article brings to light how dogs in the Korean meat industry are routinely beaten, electrocuted, hung, and stolen right from homes where they are kept as pets. The incredibly inhumane treatment of the animals detailed in the article is what makes this issue so much more heart wrenching.
Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, had this to say in his recent press release:
“It’s a tragic story for our best friends over in South Korea. They are suffering from mass slaughter and being served up in over 20,000 restaurants in that country. We plan to do what we can to help the dogs.”
The Guardians of Rescue goal is to rescue as many dogs from the Korean slaughterhouses as possible right away. Their plan is to fly the dogs back to JFK airport on Dec. 18, 2014. The final step is to find adoptable homes so these dogs can live out their lives as household pets and family members.
“This is a social tragedy that is taking place, and we want to shed light on it, help educate people, and rescue some of the dogs. We look forward to bringing these dogs back to America where they will be treated well and be given a great Christmas,” continued Misseri.
Guardians of Rescue (GOR) is an international organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress and facilitate foster programs and animal rehabilitation. GOR also assist other rescue groups, and they provide support to families, including the military, who need assistance due to economic factors.
Learn more about the various Guardians of Rescue programs and how you can help by visiting their website.
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