A baby bird was lying on the side of the road. It was the middle of August and raining heavily. CARE staff didn’t know what had happened, but the bird was not moving; its wings were drooping, and it was blinking its eyes weakly.
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Our ongoing “Dog Meat Free Korea” campaign is supported by lots of people and organizations. Kevin Bright, American television producer, and the DoVE Project (Dogs of Violence Exposed), an American organization focused on ending the dog meat trade in Asia, are two of them.
There are innumerable dog meat restaurants in Seoul despite the 1984 Seoul Metropolitan Government’s classification of dog meat as a food not suitable for human consumption. As of October 26th, 2017, Kyungdong, Jung-ang, and Moran markets in Seoul still illegally slaughter dogs and sell dog meat.
On a day of heavy rain about three years ago, our informant was passing an area with many large warehouses, and found a mother dog and six puppies crouching under the eaves of a warehouse. The mother dog was staring at the informant with caution and was very skinny and looked exhausted as she continued to breastfeed the puppies.
On September 9th, the cove of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, turned bright red as a pod of 21 young short-finned pilot whales was slaughtered while 3 others were captured to face a life of imprisonment. Despite growing international condemnation, Japan carried out its annual dolphin slaughter.
Since we reported in July that Tongki, the last polar bear held captive in South Korea, was suffering in the scorching summer heat and left alone without even water, we have sent letters and called Everland asking to have a conversation about his situation.
On Friday September 22nd, we held a counter-protest in Gwanghwamun, Seoul against the Korean Dog Meat Traders Association who were demonstrating to have dog meat and dog farming legalized.
On Friday September 15th, we determined to decommission the dog farm, decided to rescue every dog in it, and got a written statement from the owner never to operate the farm again. CARE activists and volunteers, embarked on the rescue.