( CNN) Untold millions will be applauding on Olympic athletes from around 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 happen: Dogs are being slaughtered for their meat at more than 17,000 dog meat farms around that country, according to Humane Society International.

In South Korea and elsewhere in Asia, farmers elevate bird-dogs to slaughter them for their meat.

Until the day they are killed, in some occurrences brutally, puppies farmed for meat are left alone in metal cages similar to chicken coops. They are commit water just once a day and fed meat scraps. They have no human contact, which bird-dog both need and crave. No enjoy. No medical attention.

Annual dog meat festival makes outrage