46 dogs saved from dinner tables
NEW YORK: Forty-six dogs were flown to New York from South Korea after being rescued at a farm where they were to be slaughtered for human consumption, animal advocates said yesterday.
The Humane Society International is responsible for saving the dogs that were fed barely enough to survive.
The animals arrived at Ken- nedy International Airport late on Saturday and were headed to emergency shelters in New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania yesterday.
The farm in Goyang, a city just north of Seoul, “was more like a dungeon, where there’s very little light, little to no ventilation, so the stench of ammonia would bring tears to your eyes,” said Kelly O’Meara, who oversees the society’s companion animal-related international projects.
About 17000 other such farms still operate in South Korea, said O’Meara. However, she said, it’s a diminishing industry in a society where demand for dog meat has been plummeting. Meat from about 2 million dogs still is eaten there each year. – ANA-AP