Who doesn’t love a good reunion story, especially one that involves animals…
The Humane Society International (HSI) has an ongoing campaign to end dog meat farms in South Korea. Thanks to their tireless efforts, they’ve permanently shut down 16 dog meat farms, rescuing more than 2,000 dogs in the process. There are 30 rescue dogs now living in the UK with families of their own to care for them.
One of those dogs was rescued thanks to a generous donation made by Simon Cowell – a Maltese-cross named Robin. He was adopted by journalist and presenter Pip Tomson, and on an episode of Good Morning Britain, Pip reunited the music mogul and the pup.
It was a truly touching moment.
‘This is difficult for me,’ Simon said. ‘But it is important because without people like you, he’d basically be in someone’s stomach. Now you think about that, right? And dogs will give up their lives for you. They really would…and they’ll look after your kids, they put their lives in front of your kids. I’ve seen it with my dogs, and my dogs are tiny. So what you do is so important, bless you.’
Luckily, the dog meat industry in South Korea is dying out. And the HSI is helping the farmers leave the practice behind and turn their farms into something more productive and humane, like going mushrooms or chillies. The programme is trying to set a positive example of how to transition these farmers so that the government supports an end to the dog meat industry entirely.
HSI’s Wendy Higgins, who was at the dog farm closure to rescue Robin, said:
‘Simon’s generous donation helped us save Robin and all the dogs languishing on the meat farm. We found them in the most appalling conditions, stuck in barren, rusty wire cages, and many of them were really suffering.
‘With every dog farm we close and every farmer we help switch to a more profitable, humane business, we’re demonstrating to the South Korean government that it’s possible to end this cruel trade. Most people in South Korea don’t eat dogs, and there are increasingly vocal calls in the country for an end to this brutal industry.’
If you’re able to help support the good work that the Humane Society International does, please consider donating today.