A notorious dog meat market infamously known for serving chilled dog meat and keeps live dogs in cages to slaughter on order is finally being shut down.
The Gupo dog meat market in Busan, South Korea is one of the largest in the country.
Now, local authorities have reached an agreement with all the 19 dog meat market vendors to shut down their business next month. The closure is part of an urban planning project to regenerate the area and turn the market into a public park.
The closure of the Gupo dog meat market is the latest in a series of crack downs by officials on the cruel trade.
Just last year, Seongnam city, also in South Korea, demolished the country’s largest dog slaughterhouse, Taepyeong, and closed down most of the related dog meat vendors.
“We very much welcome the agreement reached to close Gupo market, home to one of the largest dog meat markets in South Korea. The closure plan is the result of months of hard work between the local authorities and the market vendors, and both sides are to be commended for working towards this goal that will not only bring to an end to Gupo’s dog meat era, but will also see the area regenerated with new amenities and businesses for the benefit of the local, modern economy.” Nara Kim, dog meat campaigner for Humane Society International said.
“HSI has been working with dog meat farmers in South Korea for nearly four years helping them close their flagging businesses as more people in the county turn away from dog meat, so the closure of Gupo’s grimly iconic dog market, which follows the demolition last year of the country’s largest dog slaughterhouse complex, is a sign of more compassionate times. This is the latest crack down on an increasingly unpopular dog meat trade, and we hope that it inspires further closures in future where dogs also suffer for the meat trade, such as Chilsung market in Daegu.” She added.
About 2 million dogs a year are reared on thousands of dog meat farms across South Korea. They are subjected to a lot of suffering in cages as they await horrific deaths.
According to HSI, the dogs are mostly killed by electrocution, with dogs taking up to 5 minutes to die. Sadly, there have been recorded instances of dogs taking up to 20 minutes to die. Another method they use is hanging, with dogs being killed in full view of other dogs on the farms.
While dog meat consumption is rapidly declining in South Korea, especially among younger generations, the practice remains popular during the summer months of July and August.
We hope this move kick starts the closure of all other dog meat markets and put an end to this cruel practice.
Hero Dog Helps Firefighters Pull 2 Kids Out of a Burning-House
Most of you know that dogs are easily the best pets one can ask for. But after reading this story of a German shepherd who saved his family from a burning house, you will fall in love with dogs even more.
Brent Feaser, a military veteran from Longwood, Florida together with his next-door neighbor decided to hang around one day. It was a peaceful evening and no one could foretell what was coming.
Unfortunately, as the two neighbors were watching Jupiter through their telescope, they heard an explosion. After a moment, they could see part of Brent’s house was on fire.
Brent’s wife, Margo together with their two kids aged two and four were still trapped in the burning house.
After taking a moment to understand what was really happening, Brent and his neighbor rushed towards the house as fast as they could.
With a hope of getting Margo and the kids to safety, the two men tried to break the windows with furniture that was on the porch.
They only managed to get Margo out of the house, but both Margo and Brent wanted to get inside the house again to save their two kids.
It is at that moment when the firefighters arrived at the scene and got inside the burning house.
It was hard for them to navigate around the house because of the smoke, but then, all of a sudden, help arrived. The family dog Maxx appeared and led the rescuers to the kids’ room.
Maxx, who is a retired K-9 turned out to be the hero of the day after saving his human siblings’ life.
Currently, all of the family members are recovering from the burns and heavy smoke inhalation. They were listed in serious to critical condition but are expected to recuperate all thanks to their loving dog Maxx.
Having a caring do like Maxx is such a blessing and this family was lucky to have him. He truly deserves a reward for his brave action.
89-Year-Old Woman Has Knitted Over 450 Blankets For Shelter Dogs- They’re So Cozy
89-year-old Maisie Green is one of those people who adore dogs and is doing everything she can to give them a chance to be in happy homes. She developed a soft spot in her heart for the dogs living in shelters and decided she had to act upon it to improve their lives.
Maisie reveals that when she was thinking of ways in which she could make a difference, she turned to one of her other loves in life, knitting. So she decided to combine the two.
She takes about 3 days to fully knit the blankets, while it just takes her a day to make a coat for the dogs.
Her family then helps her take all the numerous knitted items to the dog shelter three times a year.
“I love knitting and I love dogs, so this combines both wonderfully! It takes me three days to knit a blanket and one day to knit a doggy coat. It keeps me busy and often, I like to knit whilst watching television. I’m delighted to be helping the four-legged residents at the center in some way,” the 89-year-old said.
Maisie further adds that she enjoys knitting as it is helping her achieve her goal of helping out hr fury friends. “It keeps me working, and I usually knit while watching TV,” she said.
Maisie’s incredible efforts have been a huge help to the shelters, and especially to the dogs themselves as they no longer have to worry about being cold. To date, Maisie has knitted in excess of 450 blankets for dogs in need!
“I’m delighted to be helping the four-legged residents at the center in some way,” Maisie said.
“Maisie regularly brings along her knitted donations and we are so grateful for her support. With the chill of the winter months really starting to creep up on us, I know our dogs are very pleased to put the items to good use and love feeling extra cosy!” The Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Basildon said.
Maisie truly is an animal hero! The amount of effort and hours she sacrifices to help animals in need is frankly commendable!
5-Year-Old Fell Into The Gorilla Pit- What Happened Next ‘Would Astonish The World’
It was a tale that left the whole world astonished, a 5-year-old boy fell off a 20 feet high wall into a gorilla pit and was knocked unconscious. The horrifying moment caught on video then shows how the child is, surprisingly, protected by a giant 450-pound male silver-back gorilla, named Jambo, who softly strokes his back and then stood guard to protect the child from other gorillas.
On August 30 1986, Levan Merritt, his parents, Stephen and Pauline, and his siblings, Stephanie, Clint and Lloyd decided to visit the zoo to celebrate the birthday of his youngest sibling, Lloyd. Little did they know their family trip would be broadcast around the world and bring Jambo to stardom.
When the family got to the gorilla pit, dad Stephen lifted Levan’s brother Clint on his shoulders to get a better look at the apes below. Levan decided to follow suit and climbed up the wall before anyone could notice he slipped and fell 20 feet into the pit, snapping his arm and fracturing his skull in the process.
As he lay unconscious on the ground, a giant 450-pound male silver-back gorilla called Jambo approached him.
The Merrits family and a crowd of onlookers watched on in horror, as Jambo reached out and gently stroked Levan’s back.
Jambo then stood guard over Levan, placing himself between the unconscious child and the other gorillas who were approaching in a protective stance.
A few moments later, Levan began to regain consciousness and started to cry. As his family and other people screamed at him to remain still, his crying caused Jambo and the gorillas to retreat in panic.
Rescuers then jumped in to retrieve Levan after which he was airlifted to hospital.
The footage was featured in “The Urban Gorilla,” an award-winning 1992 documentary by ArgoFilms that follows the lives of 9 gorillas living in captivity.
“Never before had such an accident occurred. And never before had this full-grown male gorilla encountered a human being within his domain. Only the worst could be imagined. But what was to unfold this September afternoon would astonish the world.” Narrator Glenn Close describes the tense moment.
Jambo’s and Levan’s tale produced headlines around the world and helped to alter the perception of gorillas from King Kong’s mean-spirited animals to the smart, sensitive, delicate species we understand them to be today.