Big-hearted Simon Cowell donates £25k to help shut a dog meat farm in South Korea
Simon Cowell has pledged £25,000 of his fortune to help close a dog meat farm in South Korea.
The X Factor boss, 58, gave the money to Humane Society International, which aims to rescue more than 200 caged dogs and puppies that are bred for human consumption.
HSI has, to date, shut down 12 dog meat farms for good and saved nearly 1,400 animals.
The charity works with farmers who wish to leave the industry and helps them switch to alternative livelihoods, including growing and selling vegetables.
Claire Bass, HSI’s UK boss, said: “Simon’s generous donation means the world to us, and provides a huge boost to our appeal to close this horrendous dog meat farm.
“More than 200 dogs are languishing in the most appalling conditions, but we have a real chance to save them.
“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.”
Simon, who owns three Yorkshire terriers, spoke out last year against South Korea’s dog meat trade, which is said to be declining.
He said: “It’s like eating your friend.”