LEWISVILLE, Ind. — Two yellow Labs and one Golden Retriever have a new start at life this week, thanks to Lucky Lab Rescue. The three arrived at the Indianapolis airport on Saturday evening, accompanied by Kathy Martin, the president of the organization. Martin has been working with contacts in South Korea for a couple of years now and has managed to save over 4,000 dogs from the meat trade. These three were destined to be a part of the Asian dog meat festivals.
Now, Daisy, Canon, and Nicon are safe and will hopefully be adopted soon, as they’ve been spayed/neutered and checked over by a veterinarian. When Martin first learned of the dog meat trade in Asia, she knew she had to find a way to make a difference. Seeing these three dogs come off the plane reminded her of how important the work of her rescue group is. She is hoping that organizations like hers can continue to raise awareness and encourage more people to become involved with the cause. The ultimate goal is to end the practice of dog meat farms altogether.
Thousands of dogs are killed for their meat every year in South Korea and other Asian countries. The Yulin Dog Festival in China still happened this year, despite international outcry and an online petition that gathered over half of a million signatures (see our story about that here). A lot of the negative attention came from the fact that most of the dogs being slaughtered were stolen pets. There is, however, hope. Activists and people like Martin will continue to advocate and save dogs from this horrific plight and maybe one day, we will see an end to all of it. Watch news footage of Lucky Lab here: