Simon Cowell has helped save over 200 dogs in South Korea
The America’s Got Talent judge donated $32,000 (R467 000) to the Humane Society International (HSI) and the money helped the organisation fund a rescue operation at a dog meat farm in Gyeonggi-do, while his fame also had an “impact” in raising awareness in the country.
Wendy Higgins, HSI’s Director of International Media, praised the 58-year-old star for his “enormously” beneficial gift and said: “His support helped financially but also in raising awareness. We met people in South Korea who had heard of his donation and it really had an impact.”
The operation was the 13th dog meat farm the organisation have shut down and they found the canines in the facility were covered in sores and had skin diseases, and were kept in dirty, sparse wire cages with “absolutely no enrichment or comfort.”
Wendy told People magazine: “It’s my fifth dog meat farm closure with HSI and honestly, it never gets any easier, it never feels any less horrific to see these dogs clearly so terrified and yet so desperate for human affection.
UPDATE: Thanks to your generous support, we have met our matching gift goal of £25,000! 🎉 A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated & to @SimonCowell for your incredible gift. Please stay tuned for updates as we begin to rescue 200+ dogs from the SK dog meat farm next week! pic.twitter.com/TNaVNmD21F
— Humane Society Int’l (@HSIGlobal) September 28, 2018
“The conditions are utterly shocking, a factory farm for dogs where they are kept in tiny prisons day in day out. And yet to be there with my HSI colleagues to lift these guys out of that deprivation and suffering, is the best feeling in the world.
“A typhoon hit mid rescue too so that was extra challenging, but we kept smiling! Those dogs were getting out and that was all that mattered!”
All of the animals saved in the rescue operation have been flown to partner shelters in the US, UK and Netherlands, and a temporary HSI facility in Canada
There, they will be vetted and brought back to full health before being rehomed.
FREEDOM! 🙌❤️🐶 9 UK-bound dogs are finally off the S.Korea meat farm & heading to UK. Saved from being cooked & eaten thanks to you. This is the moment little Tessa was lifted out! Any takers? 😊 #enddogmeattrade @HSIUKorg @HSIGlobal @AllDogsMatter #southkorea @SimonCowell pic.twitter.com/mf8uBM9maE
— PIP TOMSON (@PipTomson) October 7, 2018
HSI’s work doesn’t stop there, as they also help the owners of the closed dog meat farms to find a new livelihood, setting them up with more humane and profitable trades, such as mushroom farming.
South Korea still has around 17 000 dog meat farms, with HSI hoping to shut down as many as they can and to get the country’s government involved in help trying to eradicate the industry.
Author: BANG Showbiz