South Korea launches working group on dog meat ban

Consumption of dog meat could perhaps disappear in South Korea. A working group will be launched to discuss its potential ban. President Moon Jae-in, an animal lover who had banned the slaughter of dogs and cats in 2018, said in September that it was necessary to carefully consider the possibility of ending the this secular practice.

In a statement, seven government offices, including the Ministry of Agriculture, have just announced the creation of this working group made up of political leaders, civilian experts and members of organizations concerned by the subject. This group will notably collect information on dog farms, restaurants and establishments linked to the consumption of dog meat, while examining the state of public opinion on the subject.

The government still wanted to reassure dog breeders: the initiative, the first of its kind, does not necessarily guarantee the upcoming ban on dog meat. This vague position has had the effect of provoking protests, both from animal rights activists and from the owners of dog farms.

A marked decrease in practice

Faced with this initiative, the general secretary of a dog breeders association, Ju Yeongbong, accused the government of To “flout” the right of people to eat what they want and the right of farmers to live. In protest, the breeders announced that they wanted to boycott all discussions involving the government on dog meat.

In South Korea, there are fewer and fewer restaurants serving dog meat. Young people find this an unappetizing option, and pets are gaining popularity in the country. About 1 to 1.5 million dogs are killed for Korean food consumption each year. This is a decrease compared to the years 2000-2010, when several million animals were killed every year.

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Lee Won Bok, head of the Korea Animal Welfare Association, said South Korea was the “Only developed country where people eat dogs”. According to him, this “Sape” the country’s image internationally.


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