South Korean working group to study dog ​​meat bans

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South Korea is starting a working group to investigate whether dog meat should be banned in the country, The Associated Press reported.

“As the number of families with pets has increased rapidly and the public’s interest in animal rights and welfare has grown in our country, there have been more and more voices saying that it is now difficult to see dog meat consumption as just traditional food culture,” said the Prime Minister. Kim Boo-kyum said according to AP.

A statement from seven government offices said the working group was not acknowledging that dog meat would be banned, saying “public awareness of the fundamental right” [to eat preferred foods] and animal rights issues are tangled in a complicated way. “

The working group will study dog ​​farms, restaurants that serve dog meat and public opinion on the issue.

South Korea has 1 million to 1.5 million dogs killed each year for food, according to the AP, a decrease of millions from previous decades.

The animal rights activist complained that the statement did not go far enough with dog farmers accusing the government of trampling on their rights.

“South Korea is the only developed country where people eat dogs, an act that undermines our international image,” he said. Lee Won Bok, head of the Korea Association for Animal Protection.

“Although the K-pop band BTS and [Korean drama] Squid Game is ranked number 1 in the world, foreigners still associate South Korea with dog meat and the Korean War. “

Ju Yeongbong, general secretary of an association of dog farmers, said the effort to ban dog meat would affect poor, elderly people, the AP noted.

After all, they want the government to make dog meat legal for 20 years at the same time as the demand for meat continues to decrease.

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