As hard as it may be to believe, there are still countries in the world where beloved cats and dogs are consumed, right alongside beef and pork. But today, the Humane Society International has rescued 23 dogs in South Korea from what would have been a grim fate and will be putting them up for adoption in the Washington D.C. area.
We would like to think that Americans would never dream of harming their beloved puppies and kittens, but the reality is, the consumption of dogs and cats, is still legal in some states, including Pennsylvania, where a recent law that would have outlawed dog and cat slaughter and consumption, did not go into effect. But even so, the majority of Americans frown upon consuming their furry best friends, which greatly differs from the culture in countries like China and South Korea, where dog meat consumption is not only legal, but also considered a delicacy, and can even be purchased by street vendors. According to the Humane Society, between 1.2 million and 2 million dogs are eaten in South Korea annually.
The lucky dogs that were rescued this go-around were located on a farm in Ilsan. According to MSN, the farmer willingly gave up the dogs, and agreed to grow blueberries instead for compensation. The rescued pups will soon be up for adoption following veterinary visits, and are looking for forever homes.