America's Got Talent's Simon Cowell Donates Over $32.6K to Shut Down South Korean Dog Meat Farm
Simon Cowell is doing what he can to help close a dog meat farm in South Korea.
The Americaâs Got Talent judge, 58, has agreed to donate Â£25,000 (roughly $32,640) to Humane Society International (HSI), a charity that addresses animal issues worldwide.
HSI tweeted about Cowellâs donation on Friday. They say his money will save over 200 dogs and puppies from a South Korean dog farm that breeds the animals for human consumption. The charity plans to go there next week to pick up the canines, after which they will send the dogs to various countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands for recovery and adoption.
Their tweet came with a photo of a mother dog and her litter of puppies, all trapped in one of the farmâs cages. According to HSI, th e animals spend their entire lives in barren metal cages before they are brought out for slaughter. They are usually killed by means of electrocution or hanging.
âSimonâs generous donation means the world to us, and provides a huge boost to our appeal to close this horrendous dog meat farm,â HSI UK Executive Director Claire Bass said in a statement. âMore than 200 dogs are languishing in the most appalling conditions, but we have a real chance to save them. â¦ These poor dogs have had the worst lives so far, so weâre desperate to get them out of those dreadful cages and show them love, soft beds and loving arms for the first time in their lives.â
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Though the popularity of dog meat consumption is on the decline in South Korea, the organization still says that âthousands of dog factory farms still exist,â with 2.5 million dogs a year bred for human consumption across the countries 17,000 dog meat farms. In HSIâs history, theyâve closed a total of 12 dog meat farms and saved nearly 1,400 dogs.
Closing these farms doesnât just involve saving the animals. The charity â" one of 83 animal charities working to fight this problem â" also helps dog meat farmers wanting to leave the industry transition to more humane businesses, like chili or mushroom farming.
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Their hope is that the Korean government will follow their lead and adopt similar phase-out plans to end the industry nationwide. âWith every dog farm we close and every farmer we help switch to a more profitable, humane business, weâre showing the South Korean government that itâs possible to end this cruel trade,â Bass said.
Cowell has long been a supporter of HSIâs cause.
In 2017, he spoke out in support of their #EndDog Meat campaign, telling Good Morning Britain that eating a dog would be like âeating your friend.â
âItâs the fact youâre eating such a kind, helpless, sweet animal,â he said according to HSI, adding that he was pledging to bring more dogs to safety and was moved by the cause.
The former American Idol judge is also a pet owner himself, to Yorkshire terriers. He and his pups appeared together on an episode of Britainâs Got Talent in 2017, where he attempted to do doga (dog yoga) with the pooches.
Meanwhile, Cowell isnât the only celebrity who has lent his name to the cause of stopping dog farms in South Korea. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump and CNN anchor Randi Kaye hav e also been outspoken about the issue.Source: Google News South Korea | Netizen 24 South Korea