• Don Lichterman

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South Korea's annual dog-meat slaughter-fest known as Boknal is upon us! This very day, in a macabre and bloody celebration of torture, dogs by the thousands... by the TENS OF THOUSANDS are being cruelly and brutally slaughtered in filthy back-alley butcher shops for a magical stew believed to enhance virility.

I implore you! If you have not sent a life-saving donation today to help In Defense of Animals halt this custom of senseless slaughter; please do so now!

Just days ago, our Korean rescue partners with Jindo Love alerted my rescue team to a truck bound for the Boknal festival, piled high with rusty wire metal cages crammed full of helpless dogs packed together; some squeezed together so tightly that they could not move or even turn their heads.

Live video and images began streaming to our screens. Our cell phones began buzzing with incoming alerts and video......and there it was.

Chinese workers in Jordan torturing dogs and eating them!

We are distressed to have to bring you shocking and disturbing news from Jordan, in the Middle East. But we must!

Factory workers in Jordan are selling dogs to Chinese workers who slowly torture them, skin them ALIVE… and then eat them! These evil monsters lure homeless street dogs with tasty food, kidnap them and then sell them to Chinese factory workers who torture the dogs before eating them.

They believe torturing dogs makes the meat taste sweeter. More and more Chinese are working in Jordanian factories as ties between the two countries strengthen. Workers are usually young, unskilled and poor. They show no concern or compassion for dogs, treating them with casual cruelty.

This means that heartless Jordanians conspire with callous Chinese to create hell on earth for dogs.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, NFA helped persuade the Jordanian government to clamp down on a religious-inspired ‘fatwa’ to shoot all street dogs. Now, this new horror has emerged, and street dogs are under a greater threat than ever, we can’t let them be eaten, so today, we need your support more than ever!

Buddy is a prime example of the horrors that are taking place. But he was lucky. We found Buddy outside a Chinese factory, in the baking Jordanian summer heat. He had been left in fierce sun, waiting to be tortured and served for dinner.

We rescued him, rushed him to a vet and are happy to report that Buddy is recovering and being cared for at the Al Rahmeh animal sanctuary, which NFA supporters like you help finance.

We need your help to rescue every dog at risk of being tortured and eaten. We saved Buddy, and with your help, he will be cared for, for the rest of his life.

We will lobby government to stop this barbarity, and in the meantime rescue as many dogs as humanly possible and provide them food, veterinary careand love until forever homes can be found.

If you possibly can, please help today so we can save other dogs like Buddy from being tortured and eaten.


Like an ugly monstrous troll that had lumbered to its unnatural resting spot beneath a bridge, bulging with morbid cargo.

Tiny, grainy video shot on a phone, in the dead of night, and transmitted by a brave activist thousands of miles away showed us the heartbreaking scene...

A rusty truck, carelessly parked, fully laden with its cargo of innocent lives bound and waiting for slaughter on the first day of Boknal. My heart ached to hear them whine pitifully into the night, begging for release.

I knew immediately that we had to SAVE THEM ALL!Some dogs even had collars around their necks, a clear indication that these poor suffering animals were not farmed or raised for meat—they were stolen family companions!

In many parts of Asia, dog-meat vendors, corrupt to their core roam the late-night streets in shadowy fleets of ramshackle pickup trucks. They shamelessly steal unattended dogs, no matter their size or breed, to make an easy profit from the sale of their flesh.

Across Asia, beloved family dogs and dogs bred into filthy miserable conditions are being slaughtered. Your help is urgently needed!That fateful night I found myself staring into the eyes of 28 desperate dogs.

It's because of such strong and generous support from donors like YOU that we were able to spring to action immediately and attempt to rescue everyone!I am not going to sugar coat it... all of them were hurt, starved, dehydrated. Who knows how long they had been shoved into cages and stacked on top of one another. Many of the dogs had fresh injuries from fights caused by other dogs clawing their way beneath the pile, desperate to escape the crushing weight.

Not all will not make it. But we have to try.With tears in her eyes, our frightened but brave rescue partner pleaded our case before the authorities when they arrived on the scene, begging for the release of these animals. It was our passionate pleas; YOUR passionate voice that made this rescue possible.All in all that night, we saved 28 dogs from the butcher's block.

Tragically, two dogs, Annabelle and Bear, have passed away as a result of advanced heartworm and extreme neglect.

All 26 of the survivors require urgent medical attention. Without it, more deaths are sure to follow.

This is why we need your help more than ever. Rescue is just the first step; all the dogs need healing, foster care, training and rehabilitation to make a complete recovery. Medical costs are mounting up quickly—almost all the dogs are heartworm positive and suffering from injuries due to their cruel mistreatment.

Basic medical care will cost over $1,000 per dog!

But in the words of our Korean rescuer, "After seeing their eyes... how can we not save them?"

Your support today, for this lifesaving campaign, will enable us to keep those promises made to 26 victims.

I cannot wait to update you on everyone's progress as we turn 26 victims into 26 survivors who will be able to share their stories… and their love and affection with the world.

We can give them ALL a second chance at life.It is imperative that we continue to fund this critical rescue project. Each life saved today will save many more lives tomorrow as our canine ambassadors awaken the world to the plight of dogs and cats suffering for the illicit and illegal meat trade.

Boknal is here, and for many thousands of dogs and cats, it is too late.

For one very lucky group of dogs—their journey is just beginning... thank you for showing your love for these 26 dog meat survivors through your kind and generous support.

This rescue was callout wasn't one of our most common scenarios.


A young collared dove had found itself pinned, upside down, between a first floor door and the glass balcony.


Although easy to free, the owners were reluctant to try and move the bird, through fear of causing it an injury!


Simon calmly approached the situation and made light work of this rescue!


Puppy season is in full swing! The number of unwanted or abandoned puppies arriving at our Hope Animal Sanctuary is at its highest, and every tiny house is occupied!


A few weeks ago, a man arrived at the Sanctuary asking us to take in some puppies. We explained that we did not have space and asked if he could hold them for a week. He insisted that wasn’t an option.


When our animal caregivers looked into the bed of the man’s truck, they were shocked to see 16 small puppies crammed into two crates. The heat index was hovering just above 100 degrees, and the puppies were panting as the blazing sun baked down on their little bodies.

The tiny puppies needed to be moved immediately to a cooler location or they likely wouldn’t survive the intense heat. We decided to take them in and began to plan how we could house them since we were already operating at maximum capacity.


Our experienced animal caregivers made arrangements and put these puppies in a safe, cool place. We offered the to spay the female or females who had given birth to the litter, but the “guardian” negligently refused our offer. 


We will care for these pups and place them in loving forever homes.


Thankfully, these puppies are safe, but there are so many more who are not. Please, help so we can save more puppies in need - Sharon Stone


Volunteer with the Animal Rescue Team

One of the most commonly asked questions for our Animal Rescue Team is, “How can I volunteer?” Our team has—and relies on—a strong network of volunteers to help us make a real difference for animals in rescue and disaster relief work. We truly depend on them to help us get this important, lifesaving work done.

One of the most common mistakes prospective volunteers make is waiting until a natural or man-made disaster strikes to begin the application process and to begin proper training and preparation for becoming an Animal Rescue Team volunteer. Unfortunately, by then, it’s too late. If you want to volunteer, it’s important to apply before a disaster. If you get everything done early, you, like our many other volunteers, will be ready to deploy when animals need our help.

I can’t speak enough to the impact people feel from saving animals in need. If you want to make a difference, this is a way to do it. I encourage you to start your application today. With hurricane season on the horizon, our team will be ready to deploy at a moment’s notice - The Humane Society of the United States





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