Ek Park, who is the founder of the Canadian association, Free Korean Dogs, happened to be working on a dog meat farm in South Korea last year when she discovered something terrible.
A tiny kitten who was literally skin and bones. This wee one was so hungry that he was eating dirt and earthworms.
When the young woman went to approach, the farm’s owner came out of the house and demanded to know what she was doing. She went on to explain that the kitten was in poor health and needed care. After a long debate, the farmer finally did allow her to leave with the feline, whom she named Nimo.
Nimo had not been vaccinated against rabies, and so, Park was not able to take him to Canada. Instead, she left him with Jiyoon Yi, a Korean woman who had, in the past, saved five puppies from a certain death when they were about to be slaughtered for their meat. In exchange, Park took the five puppies with her to Canada in order to get them into forever homes.
A few of months later, Park returned to South Korea in order to film a documentary about the dog meat trade. She went back to Jiyoon Yi and was absolutely delighted to find that Nimo, who had been starving and ill, was now in perfect health and had grown into a beautiful, happy house cat.
When she was finally back in Toronto, Park gave Nimo to one of her friends. The cat quickly adapted to the new environment and it became his forever home.
If you are interested, you can support Park’s organization, which fights against the cruel dog meat trade and the mistreatment of dogs that all deserve loving families, by clicking here.
Luckily, in South Korea and in China, the number of citizens who eat dog meat is actually on the decline. However, the fight does not end here – we need to keep on campaigning until the trade is outlawed completely. LCA has made incredible progress in the fight against this horrifying industry.