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  1. Free Korean Dogs has just turned 5 years old so we wanted to congratulate them and raise awareness of the incredible work they are doing to save dogs from Korea’s dog meat farms.

    Free Korean Dogs is a Canadian charity (BN:80580 0166RR0001) which was founded in Toronto back in 2015.  It rescues dogs from Korea’s dog meat trade and finds their forever homes in Canada.

    The problem in Korea…

    Millions of dogs are killed for meat every year in Korea.  They are kept in tiny cages which are overcrowded on these farms.  There’s no water or shelter from the weather and they just have waste scraps for food.  Worse still, it is common practice (and this is very upsetting) for dogs to be tortured before they are killed in the mistaken belief that this enhances flavour and nutritional healing properties.  There is no evidence to support these claims, of course.

    Help dogs in Korea find new lives and save them from Korea's dog meat trade
    Help dogs in Korea find new lives
    and save them from Korea's meat trade

    Korea commercially farms dogs for food.  Dogs can be obtained by any means.  Some are farmed, some captured as strays.  There is no punishment for the way they are treated, no legislation regulating the dog meat trade. 

    How Free Korean Dogs are tackling the problem

    Free Korean Dogs has a rescue and adoption programme.  Since 2015, they have:

    • Shut down 2 dog meat farm operations
    • Rescued over 200 dogs from the dog meat trade
    • Found forever homes for over 700 dogs rescued from euthanasia or the risk of being forced into the meat trade
    • Continued to promote public awareness to create a cultural shift from cruelty to compassion for dogs in Korea via campaigns, protests and events.

    Please raise awareness of this charity and the work it is doing.

    Ways to help include and I quote (almost!)

    1. Adopt a dog rescued from the Korean dog meat trade.
    2. Donate today to support their adoption, awareness and community building efforts.
    3. Sign up for their newsletter and following them on social media
    4. Contact them with any questions or to learn more.
    5. Check out their Amazon wish list


  2. There’s a programme on BBC2 on 15th July 2020 at 8pm that you must just not miss!

    It’s called Bears About the House. #BearsAbouttheHouse

    Conservationist Giles Clark (Big Cats About the House) is off on his biggest mission to date:  he’s taking on the illegal wildlife trade and helping to build a pioneering new bear sanctuary in Laos, South East Asia.

    Enter Matt Hunt, CEO of Free the Bears.  Free the Bears is an amazing charity which rescues moon and sun bears and cares for them in bear sanctuaries in Cambodia, Vietnam and Cambodia.  And Matt asked Giles Clark to help for 12 months. 

    Before long, Giles was needed to step forward and help Mary.

    Mary was a 5 month old sun bear who was rescued after her mother was killed in the wild.  She was seen on the back of a truck and she was for sale into the illegal wildlife trade.

    Mary was malnourished and fragile.  She needed around-the-clock specialist care – and so she lived with Giles and Matt, at home.

    But Giles was also busy helping to build the new bear sanctuary.  Mary will be headed here, as soon as her enclosure is finished. 

    There are 31 bears there already – and more bears are coming in so finishing the sanctuary is really important.

    Bears across Asia are sold as trophy pets.  They are used for their body parts in restaurants and processed for traditional Asian medicine. 

    The most valued part of a bear is their gallbladder.  It stores bile, a digestive fluid which is thought to have medical qualities. Many bears across Asia are kept in bear farms – this enables their bile to be extracted as needed. 

    Giles and the team want to stop this.  They are working with the government to shut these bear bile farms down.

    Mary becomes a confident bear at her new home, but Giles sees the plight of captive bears first-hand because the team have to rescue two aggressive adult moon bears, Tong and Nunge.  They have lived in a small cage until rescued – after quarantine and a positive health check, they are on the way to a happy life and the chance to venture outside for the first time in their lives.

    It’s a constant effort, and Free the Bears need your help.  Donations in whatever form will help rescue more bears in need of rescue, and care for those who have been rescued, and who need food, care and enrichment activities.

    Ways to help

    Visit Free the Bears' website