( CNN) Untold millions will be cheering on Olympic athletes all over the world as they compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea. But while those athletes are skating and skiing and curling their route into Olympic history , not far away, something sinister is happening: Puppies are being slaughtered for their meat at more than 17,000 puppy meat farms around that country, according to Humane Society International.
In South Korea and elsewhere in Asia, farmers raise dogs to slaughter them for their meat.
Until the day they are killed, in some instances
viciously, dogs farmed for meat are left alone in metal cages similar to chicken coops. They are given water just once a day and fed food scraps. They have no human contact, which dogs both need and crave. No love. No medical attention.
Annual dog meat festival causes outrage