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South Korea Finally Shutting Down Notorious Dog Meat Market

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South Korea Finally Shutting Down Notorious Dog Meat Market

A notorious dog meat market infamously known for serving chilled dog meat and keeps live dogs in cages to slaughter on order is finally being shut down.

The Gupo dog meat market in Busan, South Korea is one of the largest in the country.

Now, local authorities have reached an agreement with all the 19 dog meat market vendors to shut down their business next month. The closure is part of an urban planning project to regenerate the area and turn the market into a public park.

The Gupo dog meat market in Busan, South Korea is one of the largest in the country, it is now getting shut down

The Gupo dog meat market in Busan, South Korea is one of the largest in the country, it is now getting shut down

The closure of the Gupo dog meat market is the latest in a series of crack downs by officials on the cruel trade.

Just last year, Seongnam city, also in South Korea, demolished the country’s largest dog slaughterhouse, Taepyeong, and closed down most of the related dog meat vendors.

“We very much welcome the agreement reached to close Gupo market, home to one of the largest dog meat markets in South Korea. The closure plan is the result of months of hard work between the local authorities and the market vendors, and both sides are to be commended for working towards this goal that will not only bring to an end to Gupo’s dog meat era, but will also see the area regenerated with new amenities and businesses for the benefit of the local, modern economy.” Nara Kim, dog meat campaigner for Humane Society International said.

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“HSI has been working with dog meat farmers in South Korea for nearly four years helping them close their flagging businesses as more people in the county turn away from dog meat, so the closure of Gupo’s grimly iconic dog market, which follows the demolition last year of the country’s largest dog slaughterhouse complex, is a sign of more compassionate times. This is the latest crack down on an increasingly unpopular dog meat trade, and we hope that it inspires further closures in future where dogs also suffer for the meat trade, such as Chilsung market in Daegu.” She added.

About 2 million dogs a year are reared on thousands of dog meat farms across South Korea. They are subjected to a lot of suffering in cages as they await horrific deaths.

The notorious dog meat market serves chilled dog meat and keeps live dogs in cages to slaughter on order

The notorious dog meat market serves chilled dog meat and keeps live dogs in cages to slaughter on order

According to HSI, the dogs are mostly killed by electrocution, with dogs taking up to 5 minutes to die. Sadly, there have been recorded instances of dogs taking up to 20 minutes to die. Another method they use is hanging, with dogs being killed in full view of other dogs on the farms.

While dog meat consumption is rapidly declining in South Korea, especially among younger generations, the practice remains popular during the summer months of July and August.

We hope this move kick starts the closure of all other dog meat markets and put an end to this cruel practice.

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5-Year-Old Fell Into The Gorilla Pit- What Happened Next ‘Would Astonish The World’

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5-Year-Old Fell Into The Gorilla Pit- What Happened Next ‘Would Astonish The World’

It was a tale that left the whole world astonished, a 5-year-old boy fell off a 20 feet high wall into a gorilla pit and was knocked unconscious. The horrifying moment caught on video then shows how the child is, surprisingly, protected by a giant 450-pound male silver-back gorilla, named Jambo, who softly strokes his back and then stood guard to protect the child from other gorillas.

On August 30 1986, Levan Merritt, his parents, Stephen and Pauline, and his siblings, Stephanie, Clint and Lloyd decided to visit the zoo to celebrate the birthday of his youngest sibling, Lloyd. Little did they know their family trip would be broadcast around the world and bring Jambo to stardom.

As Levan lay unconsious on the ground, a giant 450-pound male silverback gorilla called Jambo approached him and gently stroked his back.

As Levan lay unconsious on the ground, a giant 450-pound male silverback gorilla called Jambo approached him and gently stroked his back.

When the family got to the gorilla pit, dad Stephen lifted Levan’s brother Clint on his shoulders to get a better look at the apes below. Levan decided to follow suit and climbed up the wall before anyone could notice he slipped and fell 20 feet into the pit, snapping his arm and fracturing his skull in the process.

As he lay unconscious on the ground, a giant 450-pound male silver-back gorilla called Jambo approached him.

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The Merrits family and a crowd of onlookers watched on in horror, as Jambo reached out and gently stroked Levan’s back.

Jambo then stood guard over Levan, placing himself between the unconscious child and the other gorillas who were approaching in a protective stance.

A few moments later, Levan began to regain consciousness and started to cry. As his family and other people screamed at him to remain still, his crying caused Jambo and the gorillas to retreat in panic.

Rescuers then jumped in to retrieve Levan after which he was airlifted to hospital.

Jambo stood guard over Levan, placing himself between the unconscious child and the other gorillas who were approaching in a protective stance.

Jambo stood guard over Levan, placing himself between the unconscious child and the other gorillas who were approaching in a protective stance.

The footage was featured in “The Urban Gorilla,” an award-winning 1992 documentary by ArgoFilms that follows the lives of 9 gorillas living in captivity.

“Never before had such an accident occurred. And never before had this full-grown male gorilla encountered a human being within his domain. Only the worst could be imagined. But what was to unfold this September afternoon would astonish the world.” Narrator Glenn Close describes the tense moment.

Jambo’s and Levan’s tale produced headlines around the world and helped to alter the perception of gorillas from King Kong’s mean-spirited animals to the smart, sensitive, delicate species we understand them to be today.

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Real Life Mufasa And Simba: Cub Gives His Father A Hug In Scene Reminiscent Of Lion King

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A real life Mufasa and Simba duo have been captured sharing a hug and cuddles in Kenya.

The adorable lion cub brought out his father’s softer side, as the father-son duo embraced in a touching hug and looked every bit the real-life version of Mufasa and Simba from the Lion King moment.

The father-son duo embraced in a touching hug and looked every bit the real-life version of Mufasa and Simba from the Lion King moment.

The father-son duo embraced in a touching hug and looked every bit the real-life version of Mufasa and Simba from the Lion King moment.

53 year old Sabine Bernert from Paris, was documenting wildlife in Maasai Mara, Kenya, when she captured the heartwarming moment.

Sabine said that before she captured the hug, the lion had been gazing across his territory as his cubs hid in the long grass behind him, pretending to attack him.

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The photographer captured the moment in the early hours of the morning while documenting wildlife for a children’s book.

“The lion pretended he hadn’t seen the cubs until the last second, then they started to play joyfully. I especially love the moment when the male lion is hugging the cub softly. The contrast between his brute strength and his gentleness, the huge size of his paw very softly holding the little cub.” Sabine said.

Sabine said before the pair embraced in a touching hug, the lion had been gazing across his territory as his cubs hid in the long grass behind him, pretending to attack him.

Sabine said before the pair embraced in a touching hug, the lion had been gazing across his territory as his cubs hid in the long grass behind him, pretending to attack him.

“I was amazed by the way this huge lion was playing so gently with the cubs. They really looked like they were enjoying themselves and have fun. With the delicate light of the sunrise, it was a pure moment of grace.” She added.

'I especially love the moment when the male lion is hugging the cub softly. The contrast between his brute strength and his gentleness, the huge size of his paw very softly holding the little cub' Sabine said.

‘I especially love the moment when the male lion is hugging the cub softly. The contrast between his brute strength and his gentleness, the huge size of his paw very softly holding the little cub’ Sabine said.

As most of you will know, the film, Lion King, follows a young lion called Simba as he grows up to be King of the Pride Lands, helped along the way by two of his friends, Timon and Pumbaa, while his evil Uncle Scar tries to stand in his way. In fact, a remake of the Lion King is due to be released in a months time!

Mufasa and Simba during a famous scene in the The Lion King

Mufasa and Simba during a famous scene in the The Lion King

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Woman Finds Shaking Dog By The River, Looks Closer At Its Throat And Sees 13lb Anchor Tied To His Neck

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Woman Finds Shaking Dog By The River, Looks Closer At Its Throat And Sees 13lb Anchor Tied To His Neck

Audra Petraškienė was driving near a river in her hometown of  Lithuania last week when she was disrupted by an unusual sight. Audra noticed a soaking wet dog shivering by the side of the road.

The kind woman decided to stop her car to check if the puppy was okay.Upon taking a closer look she noticed a large metal anchor tied around the little puppy’s neck. “Who did this to you?” Audra asked in shock when she got to the dog.

The poor dog had a 13lb anchor tied to his neck

The poor dog had a 13lb anchor tied to his neck

“Apparently, somebody put a heavy metal item on his neck and dropped him in the river to drown,” Petraškienė’s daughter, Andra, told The Dodo.

Luckily, the dog had managed to escape from its horrifying fate and was able to make it on to safe land.

“I was shocked. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry. I realized I have to do something immediately,” Audra said.

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The kind woman took the poor dog home, cleaned him up and rushed him to a vet. Fortunately, the vet said the little dog had not sustained any serious injuries and was to be in good health.

Audra decided to report the incident to the police and is waiting on the cruel person who would do such a heartless thing to be apprehended.

She also posted about the dog on Facebook hoping to find out more about what could’ve have happened to the poor and innocent dog.

Fortunately, the vet said the little dog had not sustained any serious injuries and was to be in good health.

Fortunately, the vet said the little dog had not sustained any serious injuries and was to be in good health.

Her Facebook post went viral, and soon the owner of the dog showed up to claim it. “The owner seemed like a good person. I am sure that he loves the dog”  Audra said.

However, Audra decided to leave the dog at an animal shelter until the situation is resolved as it is still unclear who could have done this to the pup.

Audra decided to leave the dog at an animal shelter until the situation is resolved

Audra decided to leave the dog at an animal shelter until the situation is resolved

We hope this poor dog will soon find a loving home and will never have to experience anything like this again.

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