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.  

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America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell has agreed to donate £25,000 (about $32,640) to Humane Society International (HSI), a charity that focuses on global animal issues. The 58-year-old star maker wants to help close a South Korean dog meat farm.

Cowell’s donation was shared to the public on Friday in a tweet by HSI. According to the organization, Cowell’s donation will save more than 200 dogs and puppies from a dog farm in South Korea that keeps the canines for human consumption.

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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 farm’s cages. According to HSI, the 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.

“Simon’s generous donation means the world to us, and provides a huge boost to our appeal to close this horrendous dog meat farm,” HSI UK Executive Director Claire Bass said in a statement. “More than 200 dogs are languishing in the most appalling conditions, but we have a real chance to save them. … These poor dogs have had the worst lives so far, so we’re 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.”

 
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HSI says that “thousands of dog factory farms still exist,” with around 2.5 million dogs bred for meat every year across worldwide.

HIS said they have closed a total of 12 dog meat farms and saved about 1,400 dogs. The organization also helps dog meat farmers to have decent businesses like chili or mushroom farming.

“With every dog farm we close and every farmer we help switch to a more profitable, humane business, we’re showing the South Korean government that it’s possible to end this cruel trade,” Bass said.

 
Cowell has supported HSI’s cause for a long time. He supported the charity’s #EndDogMeat campaign in 2017.

He said in a Good Morning Britain interview that eating a dog is comparable to “eating your friend.”

 

 

Their hope is that the Korean government will follow their lead and adopt similar phase-out plans to end the industry nationwide. “With every dog farm we close and every farmer we help switch to a more profitable, humane business, we’re showing the South Korean government that it’s possible to end this cruel trade,” Bass said.

Cowell has long been a supporter of HSI’s cause.

In 2017, he spoke out in support of their #EndDogMeat campaign, telling Good Morning Britain that eating a dog would be like “eating your friend.”

“It’s the fact you’re eating such a kind, helpless, sweet animal,” 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 Britain’s Got Talent in 2017, where he attempted to do doga (dog yoga) with the pooches.

Meanwhile, Cowell isn’t 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 have also been outspoken about the issue.

 

 

 

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