“There are many online activists in the community. They play an important role because they help share information and bring the community together. But sometimes you have to get into the middle of the action. That’s where real change happens.” ~ EK Park
Today the team of Wizard of Hope Animal Shelter and I joined the campaign, Stop the Dog and Cat Meat Trade in Korea. Although it was a short time, we met the mayor of Seongnam City and were able to deliver our message that we want the city to shut down Moran Market.
Two weeks ago we got an email from Amanda Clasen, a member of Kunsan PAWS, a wonderful animal welfare community inside the US AIR FORCE BASE in Kunsan, Korea. She said that Kunsan PAWS wanted to donate over 5,000 pounds of dog food to Free Korean Dogs.
This week EK Park, our founder, was invited by Humane Society International to film the closing of their 5th dog meat farm in Korea. They also rescued the 170 dogs from the farm that were destined for slaughter. The dogs will now be put up for adoption to their forever homes.
While EK is in Korea shooting her documentary, Compassion Soup: the End of Dog Meat in Korea, she visited Gin Oak shelter and had so much fun. There are currently 11 dogs rescued from a chicken farm before they were sold to the dog meat market in Korea.
While I’m in Korea shooting my documentary, Compassion Soup: the End of Dog Meat in Korea, I’m also working very hard to find homes for the Chicken Farm Dogs at Gin Oak Shelter and also the dogs at Wizard of Hope Animal Shelter (WOH). At the moment, there are 10 dogs, mostly Jindo mix, at Gin Oak shelter and 32 dogs (half of them are small breeds) at WOH.
When I drive around outside big cities in Korea, I see dogs all over tied to poles with no water, food, or shelter. Korea is a really tough country for dogs. Yesterday I saw these three dogs with no water or food. Two of them had no shelter. It rained a lot two days ago and they would …Read More about Dogs in Korea
We are excited to announce that production has started in Korea on our documentary film Compassion Soup: the End of Dog Meat in Korea. On March 29th, EK flew to Korea for two months of filming, loaded down with what seemed like way too much equipment for one small person to handle. The goal of this trip is to capture perspectives from both those in the dog meat trade and those trying desperately to stop it.
About a month ago I got an email from a couple in Korea. They asked if I could help them to rescue the dogs held in a dog meat farm near where they live. Every day they pass the dog farm and hear horrifying cries from the dogs. They have asked animal organizations and activists in …Read More about Dog Meat Farm Closing, 25 Dogs Going to Slaughter
Each year over two million dogs are slaughtered by Korea’s unregulated dog meat industry often after enduring unbearable suffering. Especially during Bok-Nal through July and August, two-third of dogs are killed for Boshintang (dog meat soup). It is because many Koreans believe that Boshintang boosts their stamina and energy. That’s why it is often called …Read More about Meet These Adorable Rescue Dogs in Korea
This article is the first in a three part series outlining our three-point strategy to improve the lives of dogs in Korea. In this article, I’ll describe our program to raise public awareness, which includes producing an full-length documentary film and a series of behind-the-scenes videos. Awareness and education, both in Korea and abroad, are key first steps to realizing permanent change for Korean dogs.