Being a celebrity comes with perks — mainly, money. But, it’s what the money is used for that really matters. Recently, Simon Cowell, who is perhaps best known for his appearance as a judge on American Idol, donated over $32,000 to shut down a dog meat farm in South Korea.
Network reports that the animal lover donated £25,000 ($32,640) to the Humane Society to support its mission to shut down a dog meat farm in South Korea. As a result of the generous act, animal rescuers will be saving over 200 dogs from the farm. The canines will then be transported to shelters in the US, Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands. The goal is to adopt them out to loving homes.
Amazing news! @SimonCowell has generously donated £25,000 to our rescue appeal to help us close our 13th #dogmeat farm in #SouthKorea & save 200+ dogs! We are so grateful to Simon (pictured here with rescue Bindi) and @syco 🙏🏻 it means the world to us! https://t.co/GJR7Zn7Oa1 pic.twitter.com/oAJGPZ5Gle
— HSI United Kingdom (@HSIUKorg) September 27, 2018
Not long after Cowell’s heartwarming act made headlines, fans decided to match his donation.
“Simon’s generous donation means the world to us, and provides a huge boost to our appeal to close this horrendous dog meat farm,” said HSI UK Executive Director Claire Bass 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.”
This is the 13th dog meat farm that the Humane Society has closed. So far, over 1,400 dogs have been rescued. Each time a dog meat farm is shut down, the organization works with the meat farms to launch a new career in more humane fields. Mushroom and chili farming are some of the most popular career paths.
Activists’ efforts are making a difference. Due to the increased conversation about the ethics of consuming canines, 70 percent of South Koreans now refuse to eat dog meat. This is encouraging because though the nation has not yet banned the consumption of dog meat, the majority of the populace now eschews the “delicacy.”