A reception marking the work that has taken place to end the dog meat trade in South Korea was hosted in Parliament on 11th July by animal protection charity Humane Society International (HSI) and sponsored by Henry Smith MP. The event shared inspiring stories from some of the more than 800 dogs saved so far.
The exhibition event featured a number of dogs that leading animal psychologist and founder of The Company of Animals, Dr Roger Mugford has been directly involved in saving, during one of HSI’s rescue missions, alongside animal activist Peter Egan. The dogs include a Retriever cross called Elsa, Shadow a terrier cross, Sophie the beagle and Scooter a Chihuahua cross.
Over the last three years HSI has been working with local Korean representatives and eight dog farms have been closed down to date, with the farmers assisted with moving to alternative humane livelihoods.
The overall strategy has been designed to encourage the South Korean government to end the dog meat trade for good. Global support is growing for this program, with Dr Mugford enthusiastically endorsing this campaign highlighting his strong belief that “dogs provide great partnerships with humans for the mutual benefit of both”. To demonstrate this point and as part of Dr Mugford’s involvement with the Korean dogs that came to the UK, one dog, Faith, began training as a Medical Detection Dog. The other dogs have been partnered with loving homes where they continue to build rewarding relationships with their new owners.
The reception on July 11th launched a global photo exhibition about the dogs that have been rescued so far and brought politicians, celebrities and campaigners together to promote the HSI campaign. In attendance at the event were Lola Webber from HSI, John Evans, Kimberly Cox and Sophie Lines of Medical Detection Dog, actor and activist Peter Egan and The Company of Animals founder Dr Roger Mugford.
Dr Roger Mugford said: “I cannot commend Humane Society International enough for the extraordinary work they have done in saving more than 800 dogs and raising essential awareness of the dog meat trade in South Korea. I am honoured to be working with them, and while there is a still a huge amount to be done, it has been great to see the dogs that came to the UK re-settled and living happy lives.”
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About The Company of Animals:
The Company of Animals (COA) was founded by Dr Roger Mugford in 1979. The headquarters site in Surrey is also home to the Training and Behaviour Centre which is now regarded as one of the best in the country; specialising in all levels of dog training, offering behaviour consultations on veterinary referral as well as resolving legal issues about pets, in and out of court. This gives The Company of Animals the unique advantage of being able to constantly research and develop new products to help resolve pet-related behaviour and training problems, as well as having a great base in which to test new designs and principles of animal training.
The Company of Animals portfolio is constantly developing and now boasts over 40 different product ranges. Popular products include the HALTI Headcollar, Baskerville Muzzle, CLIX Training Accessories and the revolutionary hand-held Pet Corrector device which interrupts unwanted behaviour by a hiss of air.
Today COA has suppliers, distributors and partners in over 52 different countries.