Animal rights group & # 39; secretly eradicated 230 rescue dogs to ensure that donations continue to flow & # 39; in South Korea
- Coexistence of animal rights on earth (CARE) has a & # 39; no-kill policy & # 39; proclaimed
- Accused of secretly deposing hundreds of rescued dogs in South Korea
- After dogs were put down, they were mentioned by a charity as adopted
- According to reports, the exterminations have been kept secret to ensure that the donations would continue
- CARE earns approximately £ 1.4 million annually in donations in South Korea alone
Sara Malm for Mailonline
One of the largest animal rights groups in South Korea has been accused of secretly destroying hundreds of rescued dogs – despite a declared policy against killing – to ensure a continuous flow of donations.
More than 230 dogs from South Korean dog meat companies rescued by Coexistence or Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) were ordered by the head of the charity because of a shortage of space at a shelter, personnel claim.
CARE has conducted famous campaigns to put an end to the practice of dog meat eating in South Korea, earning approximately two billion (£ 1.4 million) in donations every year to feed dogs from meat companies across the country. to rescue.
Set down: More than 230 dogs rescued by Co-existence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) in South Korea were destroyed due to lack of space in a shelter, but were later adopted as & # 39; adopted & # 39 ;, claims the staff. Pictured are some of the dogs saved by CARE
South Korean president Moon Jae-in is one of charity supporters and has hired a small black-and-white dog from CARE when he came to the office in 2017.
However, CARE members of staff have accused the head of the organization, Park So-yeon, of putting down dogs despite the fact that this goes against the charity policy.
The 230 dogs destroyed corresponded to about a quarter of the animals that saved the group in the period, according to the Hankyoreh newspaper.
Only ten percent of the dogs suffered from incurable diseases and most were killed because of their large size, a CARE employee was quoted as saying. The animals were then reported as being adopted.
CARE has often called on donations to carry out more rescue operations and must continue operations to justify the financing requests.
CARE employees have accused the head of the organization, Park So-yeon, of putting dogs down, despite the fact that the charitable organization has a policy not to kill rescued animals
The organization has long asserted in all those calls that it does not kill dogs, even if they are not adopted.
But Park said in a statement that a & # 39; small number & # 39; exterminations & # 39; inevitable & # 39; was since 2015 due to an "increase in requests for rescue missions & # 39;
She added that only seriously aggressive dogs or people with incurable diseases were destroyed, and only after extensive efforts to treat them first.
CARE employees held a protest in the organization's offices during the weekend to demand Park's resignation.
The South Korean attitude towards fangs is divided: about one million dogs are eaten every year in the country, often as a delicacy for the summer.
But the tradition is decreasing as the nation increasingly embraces the idea of dogs as pets, with their eating now as a taboo among young South Koreans.
According to a 2017 survey, 70 percent of South Koreans do not eat dogs, but far less – about 40 percent – think that practice should be banned. It also found 65 percent support in raising and slaughtering dogs in more humane conditions.