The following showcases some of the media coverage Free Korean Dogs has received.
EK Park created Free Korean Dogs, an organization that has so far helped Canadians adopt 1,300 dogs from Korea and shut down two meat farms. Read more.
Boshintang is a hearty Korean stew of green onions, perilla leaves, dandelions, root spices and meat, eaten primarily in the summer months. It’s the reason Torontonian EK Park frequently returns to her birthplace outside of Seoul, South Korea. Definitely not to eat the soup, but to stop it from being made. South Koreans put dog meat into soups like Boshintang, a longstanding cultural tradition especially during Bok Nal, a yearly event marking what Koreans believe to be the three hottest days of summer. Read more.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel is hoping to win a gold medal in South Korea this month – though no prize could be more life-changing than her previous Pyeongchang souvenir. Not after last year, when the two-time world champion pairs skater brought home Moo-tae – an affable miniature dachshund mix with big ears, bowed legs and the bad luck of being born into the Korean dog meat trade. Read more.
When Lyle Muskat and his family decided to adopt a second dog, they had one specific requirement in mind: They wanted a dog who had a very low chance of getting adopted. The Muskat family, who are based in Toronto, learned about Free Korean Dogs, an organization that rescues dogs from meat farms in South Korea and transports them to new homes in North America. Muskat started corresponding with Ek Park, the organization’s founder, about possibly adopting a dog — and Park told Muskat about the plight of larger dogs rescued from the meat farms. Read more.
Of all the sad dogs in the world, perhaps the saddest are “dog meat dogs”: those raised for food in South Korea. But, thanks to the efforts of the Humane Society International with an assist from a Rockville, Md., shelter, more than 30 of those dogs will find new homes in a nation where they will be hugged, snuggled and loved, not turned into dinner. Twenty-four of the dogs, rescued from a South Korean dog farm by the Humane Society, arrived at Pet Dominion, a veterinary and boarding service in Rockville, earlier this week, and the rest are on the way. Read More.
Ek Park was driving to her mother’s home in Dangjin, Korea, when she took a wrong turn and found herself at a dog meat farm. Park, the founder of Free Korean Dogs, an organization that rescues dogs from Korean meat farms and rehomes them in North America, had actually been to this farm before, although this visit was unintentional. She got out of her car to have a look around, and heard someone crying. “When I went to the owner’s house located right beside the dog farm, I found this little kitten – so tiny, about my hand size,” Park told The Dodo. “I could tell he was so hungry and starved, but he was very scared, so he was just crying.” Read more.
Last October, Jiyoon Yi was wandering through a market in Daegu, South Korea, when she saw something that tore into her heart. In front of shop, a mother dog and five puppies whimpered in a tiny, rusted metal cage. They look terrified. The shop wasn’t selling these dogs as pets, but for something more sinister – dog tonic, a drink that some Koreans believe has medicinal qualities.To make dog tonic, dogs are killed, skinned and cut into pieces. Then the dogs’ meat is boiled for hours with herbs until it becomes a black liquid. Read more.