South Korean woman, Jung Myoung, rescues 100’s of dogs from the cruel fate of a dinner plate
Jung Myoung Sook, 61, from South Korea has been saving dogs for the last 26 years. So far, she has rescued over 200 pups and takes care of them all. Sook is not well-off in terms of money, but she not only takes care of strays roaming the streets, she also buys ill-fated pups meant to be sold to restaurants for slaughter.
Jung stated “My babies aren’t hungry, they can play and live freely here. Some people talk about me, saying, ‘Why is that beggar-like middle-aged woman smiling all the time,’ but I just focus on feeding my babies. I’m happy and healthy.”
Sook gets help from people amazed by her loving heart in the form of donations of money, food, and beds for the pups. However, she had to move 7 times due to neighbours’ complaints about noise. In South Korea, dogs are still killed for food, they are mostly eaten by the older generation. Only recently they have become more popular as pets.
The Cruelty of The Dog Meat Industry
More than 200 pups are stuffed into filthy rusting cages, fed on scraps before being dragged to the slaughterhouse. This hell exists for 2.5 million dogs across 17,000 farms in the country. Now for some dogs, the chance of a better life is within reach with people like Jung Myoung around. According to reports, dogs have been found manically hurling themselves at the rusty metal bars of the cages, crying in misery. This is surely hell on earth for the 2.5 million dogs every year in South Korea alone that are destined for dinner plates.
Pictures show row after row of dogs of all shapes and sizes bred for their meat with little regulation and no compassion. The farmers primarily raise a type of large, light-coloured, mixed breed called Jindos. But virtually every other breed can be exploited for meat – including Labradors, beagles, huskies and even Chihuahuas. Abandoned pets and dogs snatched on the streets can find themselves stuffed into tiny wire cages and taken to market. You can see that most of the dogs spend every day with their paws splayed as they try to walk on harsh wire floor, some sleep in their food bowls as relief from the rough flooring. Although dogs are treated badly in Korea, we can’t ignore their needs in our own country. See what you can do here.