It’s no secret that, in some parts of the world, dogs are bred, as well as captured, for the purpose of being eaten.
But thanks to Humane Society International, 29 pups — mostly Mastiffs, (Korean) Jindo-mixes and Chihuahuas — have been saved from such a fate.
On Thursday, the dogs arrived in San Diego, California, for possible adoption as part of a Humane Society International program that aims to end the Korean tradition of eating dog meat, the Los Angeles Times reports. In recent months, HSI has taken possession of more than 100 dogs from a South Korean “meat farm,” paying the farmer to transition to other crops, according to Korean news coverage.
“The dog meat trade is one of the most horrific forms of cruelty,” Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society, told the LA Times. He added that they hope to provide “a second chance for … animals destined for the worst type of abuse and slaughter.”
Other dogs reportedly have been sent to Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals locations in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Although there has been a growing backlash when it comes to meat farms and the general consumption of dog meat, it is legal in South Korea, according to the LA Times. Two million dogs are slaughtered each year for food in the nation of 50 million people, estimates the Korean Association for Policy Studies.
The San Diego crew will be evaluated by veterinarians and make their public debut during a news conference Tuesday.