Dogs res­cued from S. Korean meat farm

11 ar­rive in Queen­stown for adop­tion

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

QUEEN­STOWN — A lit­tle more than a month ago, the An­i­mal Wel­fare League of Queen Anne’s County res­cued 21 dogs from Louisiana af­ter tor­na­dos dam­aged re­gions of the state and shel­ters there needed help to place home­less an­i­mals.

On Sun­day, AWL, the county’s no-kill shel­ter, took in 11 dogs from a closed down meat farm in South

Korea af­ter the Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion reached out look­ing for emer­gency place­ment of the ca­nines.

Flown into JFK air­port in New York, the dogs were trans­ported by van by Pitts­burg Aviation An­i­mal Res­cue Team to Queen Anne’s County. In to­tal, 55 dogs were res­cued from the meat farm and were dis­trib­uted to shel­ters with ca­pac­ity in New York, Penn­syl­va­nia and in here in Maryland, said Hover­male, Maryland state direc­tor of the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of the United States.

Kirstyn Northrop-Cobb, AWL shel­ter man­ager, said the ma­jor­ity of the dogs are jin­dos, a com­mon meat farm breed, but that the shel­ter also re­ceived a few spaniels, shih tzus and point­ers.

With some still on the shy side, Northrop-Cobb said, AWL is cur­rently med­i­cally and be­hav­iorally clear­ing the dogs to en­sure they find the right homes for adop­tion. The dogs are all vac­ci­nated but need to be spayed and neutered, she said.

AWL is aim­ing to have the dogs avail­able for adop­tion on Satur­day, April 1.

All of the ex­penses for vet­ting the dogs was cov­ered by Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional, Northrop-Cobb said.

For those ques­tion­ing why the shel­ter is tak­ing in an­i­mals from other coun­tries and not fo­cus­ing only on an­i­mals in the county, Northrop-Cobb said if peo­ple are reach­ing out for help it the or­ga­ni­za­tion is “more than happy to help them” if the shel­ter has ca­pac­ity.

“Cer­tainly we’d like to help out across the board to help as many an­i­mals as we can,” she said.

Work­ing closely with the Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional, Hover­male said when­ever the or­ga­ni­za­tion is go­ing in to close down a dog meat farm they will con­tact emer­gency place­ment part­ners which then reach out to lo­cal shel­ters to see if space and re­sources are avail­able.

Hover­male said Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional has shut down seven dog meat farms in re­cent years in South Korea, re­sult­ing in more than 800 dogs be­ing saved. “Ul­ti­mately the goal is to show a blue­print to the South Korean gov­ern­ment” and to show them a strate­gic way to end the meat trade in­dus­try en­tirely.

With an es­ti­mated 17,000 dog meat farms in South Korea, Hover­male said, “we’re not go­ing to res­cue our way out of this prob­lem.”

In the case of the 55 dogs re­cently res­cued, Hover­male said the farm own­ers were look­ing to re­tire and didn’t want to sell the an­i­mals to an­other meat farm. The cou­ple, who are in their 70s, reached out to Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional to leave the dogs in “kind hands,” Hover­male said.

She said the cou­ple were “in­creas­ingly feel­ing bad” about their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the in­dus­try and hope to see the gov­ern­ment step in and aid dog meat farm­ers in tran­si­tion­ing into other fields of farm­ing.

“We re­ally need the South Korean gov­ern­ment to step up and help these peo­ple out ... so it’s a bet­ter sit­u­a­tion for ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially the dogs,” she said.

Hover­male said it is im­por­tant to note that the con­sump­tion of dog has de­creased greatly, and the idea that peo­ple eat dog meat reg­u­larly is a mis­con­cep­tion. She said much of the younger gen­er­a­tion has not car­ried on that tradition of con­sump­tion.

With the Win­ter Olympics head­ing to South Korea in 2018, Hover­male said the Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional has “ramped up” its ef­forts to shine a light on the in­dus­try in an ef­fort to stop it com­pletely so the “world can fo­cus on this ex­cit­ing sport­ing event with­out hav­ing the cloud­ing of the ter­ri­ble cru­elty for dogs raised for meat.”

As for the dogs that re­cently ar­rived in the county, “we’re just go­ing to be pa­tient and work with them, and we’re cer­tainly happy to have them here,” NorthropCobb said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the An­i­mal Wel­fare League of Queen Anne’s County, visit www.awlqac.org.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Two jin­dos and a corgi hud­dle to­gether at the An­i­mal Wel­fare League of Queen Anne’s County on Wed­nes­day, March 29, af­ter they were res­cued from a South Korean dog meat farm by the Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional.

Suzanne Ho­gan, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of An­i­mal Wel­fare League of Queen Anne’s County, holds Linda, a shih tzu, who was res­cued from a South Korean dog meat farm and brought to the county on Sun­day.

A jindo takes a drink of wa­ter at the An­i­mal Wel­fare League of Queen Anne’s County af­ter the or­ga­ni­za­tion took in 11 dogs from a South Korean dog meat farm. The an­i­mals were res­cued by Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Kirstyn Northrop-Cobb, An­i­mal Wel­fare League of Queen Anne’s County shel­ter man­ager, walks Bon­nie, a res­cued South Korean meat farm dog. The AWL took in 11 dogs af­ter the Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional brought the an­i­mals to the United States.

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