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WAN Exclusive With Nina Jackel, Founder Of Lady Freethinker, About Undercover Investigation Exposing Horror At Dog Meat Auction House In South Korea

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A new undercover investigation this summer by animal rights nonprofit Lady Freethinker captured footage and images of confined dogs kept and sold in what is likely the largest remaining dog meat auction in South Korea at Nakwon Auction House in the city of Namyangju.

The auction and investigation took place during the Bok Nal Dog Eating Days, believed to be the hottest days of the year, when dog meat is consumed out of a mistaken belief that it will have a cooling effect. The dogs are typically cooked as boshintang, or dog meat soup, for Bok Nal.

WAN caught up with Founder and President of Lady Freethinker, Nina Jackel, about the investigation which found more than 200 dogs in metal crates and cages yelping in fear as an auctioneer prodded them with a metal hook. The investigation documented that there were 60 numbered cages, each containing three to four dogs.

“Lady Freethinker has partnered for years with an organization in Gimpo, South Korea, called Save Korean Dogs (SKD), run by a dedicated woman named Nami Kim who rescues dogs from the dog meat trade and works with local legislators to end the industry,” Jackel told WAN, noting that they had someone on the ground to film footage of SKD’s work, when the auction house opportunity presented itself. “The videographer was so brave, and wore a hidden camera even though the facility is on high alert for animal activists.”

“The ultimate goal is to save thousands of dogs from suffering at this facility by exposing what happens there,” noted Jackel, who wants officials to close down this auction house, which is most-likely operating illegally by not following regulations. “Our partner Nami, has already met with the mayor’s office following the release of the investigation, and is planning more visits.”

Unfathomably, South Korea remains the only country in the world with large-scale, commercial dog meat farms despite a decline in consumer demand for the meat by locals. The Korean Animal Welfare Association found in a 2019 poll of South Koreans that just 12.2% of respondents were still eating dogs, down from 13% in 2018. And, 41% reported that they used to eat dogs but were no longer doing so, up from 39.5% in 2018.

Lady Freethinker, in partnership with Save Korean Dogs, is also currently sponsoring 20 taxi ads in the city of Paju that state that “Dogs are not food but family,” and has been conducting undercover investigations since 2018; including one that exposed a dogfight breeder in Chile, which resulted in the strongest-ever sentence for animal cruelty in the nation.

While most major dog meat auction houses in South Korea have closed, Nakwon Auction House is believed to be the largest one remaining. The deplorable auction house is operating in a residential area and is advertised as a dog breeding facility. 

Please sign the petition urging Namyangju Mayor Cho Kwang-han to shut Nakwon Auction House down for good, HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Miyoko’s Creamery Founder Helps Fly Dog Meat Trade Survivor From Seoul To Her New Forever Home In San Francisco; More Volunteers Needed!

Miyoko Schinner, the Founder and CEO of Miyoko’s Creamery, has stepped up to support In Defense of Animals and its partner Jindo Love Rescue’s efforts to save dogs from the dog meat trade in South Korea.

On Friday, September 18th, Schinner escorted a recently rescued dog named Koru on a flight from Seoul to San Francisco. There, Koru met her adopters for the very first time.

Schinner is on a mission to change people’s perception of animals who are raised and killed for food. Her Sonoma-based dairy-free cheese brand Miyoko’s Creamery supports the rapidly growing plant-based community and has just doubled its output to meet demand. The company is backed by celebrity couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and the award-winning products are stocked by stores nationwide including Safeway, Kroger, Walmart, Whole Foods Market, Target, Sprouts, Publix and Trader Joe’s. The entrepreneur also has her own sanctuary, Rancho Compasión, to rescue animal victims of the U.S. farming industry.

Schinner was visiting Seoul for a conference and was delighted for the opportunity to team up with In Defense of Animals and Jindo Love Rescue to help Koru on her way to her forever family.

“Dogs might not be the first animals who come to mind when we talk about farmed animals, but they are sadly also victims of people’s desire for meat,” said Schinner in an email sent to WAN. “I hope people look at Koru, and come to understand that she’s just like other unique and individual animals who are exploited and killed by the billions in animal agriculture every year. All animals deserve to live and be loved. I am proud to support In Defense of Animals and Jindo Love Rescue in their life-saving work to rescue hundreds of dogs from becoming dog meat every year.”

With an estimated 2.5 million dogs raised and brutally slaughtered for their meat annually in South Korea, change can’t come soon enough. In Defense of Animals and Jindo Love Rescue have successfully saved hundreds of dogs and re-homed them in North America since partnering in 2017.

Koru, formerly named Narnia, is about two years old, and was rescued after having puppies on Christmas day in 2018. A man who was going to sell her puppies to a slaughterhouse kept Koru outside on a chain with no shelter, with barely enough room to move or nurse. Fortunately, Jindo Love Rescue heard about her plight and rushed to save them all. Her puppies have since been adopted, and now Koru is going to have a home of her own.

“Alexx and I are so excited to have Koru join our family,” said Jade Naughton, who adopted Koru with her partner Alexx Ironwolf. “Everyone involved has been amazing at getting everything arranged for us as smoothly and quickly as possible. Honestly, this has been the best and most wonderful experience I’ve ever had adopting a dog.”

As previously reported by WAN, In Defense of Animals and Jindo Love Rescue rely heavily on travelers who volunteer to act as couriers to fly dogs from South Korea to their new homes. Now, however, these efforts are being drastically hampered by a decreased number of travelers, canceled flights and travel restrictions in the wake of COVID-19. Many dogs have been stranded by the pandemic while awaiting flights.

Not only has a lack of travel affected dogs who are waiting to get to their new homes, it’s stifling rescuers’ ability to save more.

Volunteering to travel with a rescued dog doesn’t involve much more than allocating some extra time before departing and after arriving. Jindo Love Rescue takes care of all the details, costs and paperwork for customs beforehand, and adopters will be waiting when volunteer transporters land.

Passengers taking flights from Seoul to airports in the U.S., including Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) and Washington, D.C. (Dulles and IAD), are being encouraged to volunteer to fly dogs to their forever homes. Canadian airports include Vancouver (YVR) and Toronto (YYZ).

For travelers who are interested in volunteering to help bring a dog meat survivor to their forever home in the U.S., CLICK HERE!

To support these life-saving rescue efforts, please make a donation to In Defense of Animals HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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Miyoko’s Creamery Founder Helps Fly Dog Meat Survivor From Seoul To Her New Forever Home In San Francisco; More Volunteers Needed!

Miyoko Schinner, the Founder and CEO of Miyoko’s Creamery, has stepped up to support In Defense of Animals and its partner Jindo Love Rescue’s efforts to save dogs from the dog meat trade in South Korea.

On Friday, September 18th, Schinner escorted a recently rescued dog named Koru on a flight from Seoul to San Francisco. There Koru met her adopters for the very first time.

Schinner is on a mission to change people’s perception of animals who are raised and killed for food. Her Sonoma-based dairy-free cheese brand Miyoko’s Creamery supports the rapidly growing plant-based community and has just doubled its output to meet demand. The company is backed by celebrity couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and the award-winning products are stocked by stores nationwide including Safeway, Kroger, Walmart, Whole Foods Market, Target, Sprouts, Publix and Trader Joe’s. The entrepreneur also has her own sanctuary, Rancho Compasión, to rescue animal victims of the U.S. farming industry.

Schinner was visiting Seoul for a conference and was delighted for the opportunity to team up with In Defense of Animals and Jindo Love Rescue to help Koru on her way to her forever family.

“Dogs might not be the first animals who come to mind when we talk about farmed animals, but they are sadly also victims of people’s desire for meat,” said Schinner in an email sent to WAN. “I hope people look at Koru, and come to understand that she’s just like other unique and individual animals who are exploited and killed by the billions in animal agriculture every year. All animals deserve to live and be loved. I am proud to support In Defense of Animals and Jindo Love Rescue in their life-saving work to rescue hundreds of dogs from becoming dog meat every year.”

With an estimated 2.5 million dogs raised and brutally slaughtered for their meat annually in South Korea, change can’t come soon enough. In Defense of Animals and Jindo Love Rescue have successfully saved hundreds of dogs and re-homed them in North America since partnering in 2017.

“We couldn’t be happier for Koru, who is so deserving of all the love in the world. We wish her and her new family the best, and are so thrilled that Miyoko volunteered to help us get her home,” said Patti Kim, President of Jindo Love Rescue.

Koru, formerly named Narnia, is about two years old, and was rescued after having puppies on Christmas day in 2018. A man who was going to sell her puppies to a slaughterhouse kept Koru outside on a chain with no shelter, with barely enough room to move or nurse. Fortunately, Jindo Love Rescue heard about her plight and rushed to save them all. Her puppies have since been adopted, and now Koru is going to have a home of her own.

“Alexx and I are so excited to have Koru join our family,” said Jade Naughton, who adopted Koru with her partner Alexx Ironwolf. “Everyone involved has been amazing at getting everything arranged for us as smoothly and quickly as possible. Honestly, this has been the best and most wonderful experience I’ve ever had adopting a dog.”

As previously reported by WAN, In Defense of Animals and Jindo Love Rescue rely heavily on travelers who volunteer to act as couriers to fly dogs from South Korea to their new homes. Now, however, these efforts are being drastically hampered by a decreased number of travelers, canceled flights and travel restrictions in the wake of COVID-19. Many dogs have been stranded by the pandemic while awaiting flights.

Not only has a lack of travel affected dogs who are waiting to get to their new homes, it’s stifling rescuers’ ability to save more.

Volunteering to travel with a rescued dog doesn’t involve much more than allocating some extra time before departing and after arriving. Jindo Love Rescue takes care of all the details, costs and paperwork for customs beforehand, and adopters will be waiting when volunteer transporters land.

Passengers taking flights from Seoul to airports in the U.S., including Atlanta (ATL), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) and Washington, D.C. (Dulles and IAD), are being encouraged to volunteer to fly dogs to their forever homes. Canadian airports include Vancouver (YVR) and Toronto (YYZ).

For travelers who are interested in volunteering to help bring a dog to their forever home, CLICK HERE!

To support these lifesaving rescue efforts, please make a donation to In Defense of Animals HERE!

You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg

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WAN Exclusive With John Garcia, Founder Of Soldiers For Wildlife, As The Non-Profit Makes Historic Moves In South Africa

It is not uncommon for people who visit Africa to describe the experience as life-changing. What differs, is what people do after the experience.

For Navy veteran John Garcia, nothing would ever be the same as his life took on a profound new purpose creating the non-profit Soldiers For Wildlife, an organization dedicated to combating the poaching crisis in Southern Africa by creating elite anti-poaching units, uplifting and educating local communities, and working to preserve wild lands.

WAN had the opportunity to speak with Garcia about Soldiers For Wildlife and what makes his incredible organization so unique.

“Soldiers For Wildlife got its name in order to pay homage to the rangers in Africa that have lost their lives fighting to protect not only their heritage, but our world’s most sacred treasures,” Garcia explained to WAN, noting that the organization is focused on making a difference the “right way,” which includes empowering and giving back to the local communities.

While temporarily delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Garcia and his partners are currently coordinating flights to return to Africa to finalize plans for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

In an unprecedented move, the local Chiefdom has granted Soldiers for Wildlife the ability to sign a 99-year renewable lease and to take over the protection of more than 150,000 acres of pristine wilderness in the Central Province of Zambia. Soldiers For Wildlife already protects 20,000 acres in the region.

Garcia shared that there are an estimated 10,000 poachers in and around Kafue National Park at any given time. The organization’s increased land coverage is just east of the Park; all of which lie within the most poached region of the country.

While the land currently has no protection against trophy hunters and poachers, the goal is to ultimately have it serve as a safe haven for threatened and endangered species such as African wild dogs and elephants.

Sadly, COVID-19 has also impacted fundraising and constrained resources for this crucial project during this critical time.

“We need to rush to get it going during the dry season, so we need funds by the end of August in order to have the program up and running by 2021,” Garcia told WAN, explaining that not much can be done on the land during the wet months between late November and April.

Both a community and a conservation project, the initiative will create more than 80 jobs for indigenous people, as well as invest in infrastructure that will benefit the local community, including the building and operation of the Dung Beetle Bush School.

“Looking ahead, a primary focus of our ongoing efforts will be education and research into minimizing our footprint and allowing the ecosystem to recover and flourish,” said Garcia. “All branches of our Dung Beetle Bush School will focus on subjects such as: ecology, ethology, anti-poaching, tracking, and more. Each course educates about the crisis facing the wildlife and wilderness of the African continent, as well as the issues our natural world faces on a global scale.”

Dung Beetle Bush School will also serve as a prerequisite for the training of Game Scouts and volunteers if they are positioned in the field.

“Education is at the heart of change. We can fight back all we want against the numerous forces we are up against but if we don’t educate and hit the hearts and minds of people across the globe, we will most certainly lose,” Garcia told WAN. “The fight for our natural world is by far the greatest challenge we face today as a species. It decides if the lives of humans and those that we share the world with today will live on.”

“We should not be doing this because of our own survival, but for others,” continued Garcia, noting that the suffering of Africa’s animals and the mass genocides that are taking place across the globe, as well as the extermination of our natural world, are all due to our own negligence. “We have to do this, because, it is simply the right thing to do.”

There are many ways to help and support Soldiers For Wildlife, such as sponsoring a puppy to become a member of their canine unit team. This team will be integrated for both daily patrols and a quick reaction force in the events of security breaches. More ways to contribute to this amazing organization can be found HERE! 

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