Reality star saves 180 dogs from South Korean meat farm
While it may seem strange to us to hear about that dogs are not only being eaten in some countries, but are farmed in a similar way to how we treat pigs, for some it's a normal part of their lives. In South Korea, where the are over 17,000 "dog meat farms", the majority of the country don't regularly eat the animal.
Older citizens believe that it is beneficial for their health, especially on the 'Bok Nal' days (the three hottest days between July and August). Eating it in these forms, during this time of year, is believed by many to be a way to invigorate the blood and improve stamina during the hot weather. During the country’s Bok Nal season, over one million dogs are killed and eaten in this way, which is cause for many in the country to campaign against the practice.
The Humane Society International often take part in attempts to save dogs from this captivity, where they are kept in poor conditions before being electrocuted to death, as well as attempts to change legislature in the country.
In one of their latest and most successful trips, they were accompanied by none other than Peter Wicks, who is known for his appearances on the hit reality show The Only Way Is Essex.
Wicks headed out to South Korea as part of a humanitarian effort to help free hundreds of dogs from a meat farm, and even smuggled 13 of them in his personal luggage to get them to safety.
The 28-year-old flew to Namyangju, a city in South Korea's Gyeonggi Province along with the HSI, where he captured his experiences on Instagram to raise awareness online.
Speaking to The Sun, he explained what it was like to see where these dogs are kept first-hand:
"Seeing for myself the horror of a dog meat farm has been one of the most emotional experiences of my life."
"I love my dog Eric with all my heart, and I kept thinking how dreadful it would be for him to spend even one day in a place like that. Some of the dogs I met were terrified, and you can’t blame them because they’ve seen the cruel side of humanity, but I couldn’t believe how friendly most of them were despite everything they’ve been through."
"The way they wagged their tails just broke my heart. Despite going through hell, they still wanted to be our friends. That was so humbling."
This first started earlier this week, he shared a photo from the HSI of a caged dog in one of these meat farms, announcing intentions to accompany the organisation on one of their missions. He also posted a petition for his followers to sign, which will be presented to the South Korean government.
Apparently, opposition to the trade is growing in the country, with more and more people turning against it. In fact, the current President, Moon Jae-in, a former activist and human rights lawyer, has recently adopted a dog that was rescued from a meat farm. While there are still thousands of operational meat farms in South Korea, it seems like it is a dying practice.