Guardians of Rescue International received a desperate plea for help from a US soldier serving on the other side of the world, asking us to save the life of a tiny puppy found close to death, whimpering and shivering in a ditch in Korea.
Who We Are
Guardians International is driven by one simple philosophy – every life is worth saving. We believe that each animal has a right to live, to coexist peacefully beside us, and to be free of exploitation. Fortunately, there are many other groups and organizations united by the same principle; still, the amount of animal cruelty on our planet is a harrowing reminder that we must do something – something more, something on a larger scale – if we are to put an end to it.
The advent of social media has made news of animal abuse and injustice relentlessly available to the masses. This is good for awareness, but sometimes disheartening, as many people feel powerless to help on a scale large enough to matter. But we do not believe in impossibility; we believe in action and education. We believe that strength can make a difference - and there is strength in numbers – so we believe in the goodness of people who want to push for change.
Internationally, the horrific treatment of dogs and cats is an ageless epidemic. In Korea alone, 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered for human consumption – every year. To widen the perspective, that is 25 million dogs murdered each decade. And that is just in Korea. The slaughter and consumption of innocent dogs is currently ongoing in roughly 11 countries around the world. Some of those include Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Polynesia, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Additionally, China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival is an annual celebration of the summer solstice, in which dogs are heartlessly destroyed and eaten in the streets.
We understand that animal abuse is also happening in the United States. But the tide is changing at home. Recently, the FBI instituted a policy to track and document animal cruelty as a felony offense.
According to the FBI’s website:
Acts of cruelty against animals are now counted alongside felony crimes like arson, burglary, assault, and homicide in the FBI’s expansive criminal database.
On January 1, the Bureau’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) began collecting detailed data from participating law enforcement agencies on acts of animal cruelty, including gross neglect, torture, organized abuse, and sexual abuse. Before this year, crimes that involved animals were lumped into an “All Other Offenses” category in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s annual Crime in the United States report, a survey of crime data provided by about 18,000 city, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies.
This is a massive step in the right direction. Regrettably, such laws are not a reality in other countries that view animals as worthless and undeserving of life. In Korea, dogs are packed in cramped, rusted metal cages with open air on all four sides to suffer through harsh elements while they are waiting to die. Most are bred and raised for slaughter, but not before they are subjected to merciless brutality. This level of inflicted pain – it is thought – contributes to the potency of the meat, and increases male virility upon eating it.
As a culture that views dogs as faithful companions, we understand these practices to be inhumane, unnecessary, and reprehensible. Other cultures do not always agree. This is why we have to step up and protect them ourselves.
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Guardians International is a program of Guardians of Rescue, a not for profit 501(c)(3).