Ten adorable puppies and their mothers have been flown to a safe new life in the USA, thanks to a rescue team from animal charity Humane Society International who saved them from certain death on a South Korean dog meat farm.
The puppies are part of a rescue mission that began in late September that saw HSI close down the dog meat farm and rescue all 103 dogs from death row – the newborn puppies were too young to fly with the others, so they stayed behind with their mums in foster care in Seoul until late last week when HSI returned to bring them home.
HSI’s Adam Parascandola and Lola Webber were on site for the former dog meat farm to be completely demolished, and to prepare the puppies and their mums for their flight to a new life in the USA where they will be adopted into loving forever homes.
HSI’s Lola Webber said: “Visiting these dog meat farms never gets any easier, and so it fills my heart with joy to know that these puppies have been spared a life misery, and instead will live lives of love and freedom and compassion, so different to the life of suffering and death that awaited them before we closed down the farm. It is so satisfying to know that they- unlike the countless litters of pippies before them- will not spend their days in barren cages, hungry and scared.
“They will fly off to live the happy lives we wish for all the dogs caught up in the cruel dog meat industry, as cherished family members. But even as we see these puppies and their mums leave, we’ll be thinking about the countless others still suffering on farms. We have a long road ahead of us but we are determined to end this cruelty.”
Closing South Korea’s Dog Meat Farms
Humane Society International signed an agreement with Farmer Kim who owns the farm, to close down his dog farm in Chungcheongnam-do for good and switch to a humane, non-animal trade instead. This is the third such dog farm closure by HSI as part of its campaign to end Asia’s cruel dog meat trade. More than 2 million dogs are bred and killed each year for their meat in South Korea. In China and elsewhere most dogs are stolen from the streets, but in South Korea they are bred on small and largescale farms. Through working hand in hand with dog meat farmers to close their businesses, HSI hopes to demonstrate to the South Korean government that a nationwide phase-out and ultimate ban on the production and sale of dog meat is an economically-viable and desirable strategy. With the Winter Olympics coming to South Korea in 2018, there is a key window of opportunity to rid the nation of this inherently cruel industry before the world’s media spotlight falls.
Life of Suffering, Brutal death
The dog meat trade is inherently cruel. In all the farms that HSI has encountered over the years, we have seen a mixture of dog breeds from large mastiffs to tiny Chihuahuas, all spending their entire lives in small, filthy cages waiting to be killed for human consumption. The dogs are commonly killed by electrocution, often in front of each other.
HSI returned to the former dog meat farm in Chungcheongnam-do to raise the farm to the ground. All of the dog cages were dismantled, never again to imprison an animal. And the rest of the farm facilities were destroyed, as HSI and the farmer looked on at a job well done. Farmer Kim is glad to draw a line under his involvement in this business that he confessed brought much family and community shame.
HSI’s Adam Parascandola said: “Pretty much all the dog meat farmers we’ve spoken to and worked with have been keen to get out of the dog meat trade. It’s a highly sensitive issue in South Korea, laden with societal shame despite the fact that a regrettably high proportion of citizens still eat dog meat in the mistaken belief that it has health properties. But in the same way that we campaign to educate people in China and Vietnam that rhino horn has no medicinal benefit, so too must the myth about dog meat be dispelled.
There are thousands of dog farms in Korea, so we know full well that HSI doesn’t have the capabilities to close down every one ourselves, that’s not the goal. The goal is to show the government that closing them down and transitioning these farmers to other trades, is entirely possible. We want to encourage the government to present farmers with the solution they themselves are keen to see take place.”
HSI’s Campaign to Change Hearts & Minds
Many South Koreans mistakenly believe that dogs bred for meat are somehow different from other dogs. But, we have seen time and time again that, despite their ordeal, these dogs are for the most part friendly and desperate for human affection, their tails wildly wagging as HSI comes to open their cages and cut their chains.
HSI will be launching public awareness campaigns to encourage South Koreans to think differently about “meat dogs”, who are no different to the pet dogs that a growing number of Koreans are welcoming into their homes as companions. While dog adoption is not yet widely established in South Korea, HSI hopes to see that change in the future by building a community of citizens who adopt former farm dogs into their homes and help fellow South Koreans take them into their hearts.
4 Common Items That Can be Reused Again and Again
As a society we are getting much better at taking our obligations to the world and environment around us more seriously. This is undoubtedly a good thing! The effects of climate change are beginning to manifest across the world, and this is turning the issue from an abstract threat into a very real danger. Trying to introduce some greener, more eco-friendly practices into your life isn’t just a great way of doing something beneficial for society and the world around you. It is a wonderful way of engaging positively with the world and carries with it numerous psychological benefits.
Being a greener, more ecologically friendly person doesn’t require any dramatic life changes. Breaking or making a few small habits is all it takes to make your life a greener one. In this article we look at one of the easiest, yet most effective green practices to get into: reusing everyday items.
Jars and Containers
Glass and metal are widely recycled, and recycling is a good thing! However, consider whether any containers you buy, whether it’s a tub of ice cream or a jar of coffee, can be washed out and reused for something else. Mason jars, for example, can be used to store homemade pasta sauce and can be washed for future use. Once you start thinking about it, you will find endless opportunities to reuse your old containers.
An ice-cold soda is a wonderful treat on a hot day, but buying soda can get expensive, and the manufacturing and distribution of the drinks themselves isn’t great for the environment. However, by holding on to your old soda bottles and repurposing them as water bottles, you can save money on drinks, or use them to measure out water for your garden.
Most of the time groceries come in paper bags, which are better for the environment than the plastic alternatives, but they are less durable and thus harder to reuse. Whenever the store places your items in a plastic bag, hang onto it so you can reuse the bags again. If you want to take it one step further, consider looking into buying some personalized recycled bags. These bags are designed to last for a long time and are made of recycled materials. They look striking and unique, they’ll turn heads, and maybe even attitudes!
If you’re a keen gardener, then you will already probably know how to reseed your plants in order to ensure a fresh crop after each plant’s lifecycle. If you have space in your garden, or haven’t yet tried your hand at gardening, then consider planting a small vegetable plot. Growing your own veggies means that you’ll be helping to cut back on the emissions generated by their transport and production. The best part about growing your own food in this way is that, by harvesting properly and saving the seeds, you can be set up with fresh vegetables for life!
Reusing and recycling common household items is an easy way to make your world a little bit greener. Once you start looking for these opportunities you’ll realize that they’re everywhere!
These 5 Green Office Mistakes Are Costing You Money
The sudden interest in green business is very encouraging. According to recent reports, 42% of all companies have rated sustainability as an important element of their business. Unfortunately, the focus on sustainability will only last if companies can find ways to use it to boost their ROI.
Many businesses get so caught up in being socially conscious that they hope the financial aspect of it takes care of itself. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to go green and boost your net income at the same time.
Here are some important mistakes that you will want to avoid.
Only implementing sustainability on micro-scale
The biggest reason that brands are going green is to improve their optics with their customers. Too many businesses are making very minor changes, such as processing paperwork online and calling themselves green.
Customers have become wary of these types of companies. If you want to earn their business, you are going to need to go all the way. Bring in a green business consultant and make every feasible change to demonstrate that you are a green organization from top to bottom.
Not prioritizing investments by long-term ROI
It isn’t realistic to build an entirely green organization overnight. You will need to allocate your capital wisely.
Before investing in any green assets or services, you should always conduct a long-term cost benefit analysis. The initial investment for some green services may be over $20,000. If they don’t shave your cost by at least $3,000 a year, they probably aren’t worth the investment.
Determine which green investments will have the best pay off over the next 10 years. Make these investments before anything else. Then compare your options within each of those categories.
Implementing green changes without a plan
Effective, long-term planning is the key to business success. This principle needs to be applied to green organizations as well.
Before implementing a green strategy, you must answer the following questions:
- How will I communicate my green business philosophy to my customers?
- How will running a green business affect my revenue stream?
- How will adopting green business strategies change my monthly expenses? Will they increase or decrease them?
- How will my company finance green upgrades and other investments?
The biggest mistake that too many green businesses make is being overly optimistic with these forecasts. Take the time to collect objective data and make your decisions accordingly. This will help you run a much more profitable green business.
Not considering the benefits of green printing
Too many companies believe that going paperless is the only way to run a green organization. Unfortunately, going 100% paperless it’s not feasible for most companies.
Rather than aim for an unrealistic goal, consider the option of using a more environmentally friendly printer. It won’t be perfect, but it will be better than the alternative.
According to experts from Doranix, environmental printers have several benefits:
- They can process paper that has been completely recycled.
- They consume less energy than traditional printers.
- They use ink that is more environmentally friendly.
You want to take a look at different green printers and compare them. You’ll find that some will meet your needs as a green business.
Poorly communicating your green business strategy to customers
Brand positioning doesn’t happen on its own. If you want to run a successful green business, you must communicate your message to customers as clearly as possible. You must also avoid the appearance that you are patronizing them.
The best approach is to be clear when you were first making the change. I’ll make an announcement about your company‘s commitment to sustainability.
You also want to reinforce this message overtime by using green labels on all of your products. You don’t have to be blatant with your messaging at this stage. Simply provide a small, daily reminder on your products and invoices.
Finally, it is a good idea to participate in green business seminars and other events. If your community has a local Green Chamber of Commerce, you should consider joining as well.
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