The Strategist

South Korea is considering ban on dog meat

09/28/2021 - 05:47

South Korea's President has proposed a ban on eating dog meat. The country still operates dog farms where some breeds are raised for food.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the government should consider banning consumption of dog meat for food, Yonhap news agency quoted presidential spokesman Park Ken-mi as saying.

"Isn't it time to sensibly consider banning the consumption of dog meat?" - Moon said during a conversation with Prime Minister Kim Bu-Gem. 

The president made the statement when the prime minister briefed him on the government's plans to improve the care of abandoned pets, the spokesman specified.

South Korea still operates dog farms where some breeds are raised for food, Yonhap notes. It remains one of the few countries in the world where dog meat is consumed, and faces criticism from other nations for, among other things, cruel methods of killing animals, Bloomberg writes.

The consumption of dog meat as food among South Koreans has declined sharply over the past few years. Younger residents have started to adopt more dogs and cats and treat them as family members, the agency wrote. The president himself is also known as an animal lover, with several dogs living at his residence, Yonhap reported.

South Korea now has an animal protection law that is largely aimed at preventing the cruel killing of dogs and cats, but not at consuming dog meat, the agency explains.