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South Korea panel to consider banning dog meat consumption

South Korea is launching a task force that will ban the consumption of dog meat after President Moon Jae-In offered to look into ending the practice.

Dog meat is becoming less popular in South Korea, especially among younger people as pets grow in popularity.

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According to recent surveys, many people oppose banning dog meat in the country even if many do not eat it.

Seven Government offices which includes the Agriculture Ministry said they decided to launch the group which would comprise of officials, civilian experts and people from related organisations to deliver recommendations on outlawing dog meat consumption.

Authorities will gather information on dog farms, restaurants and other facilities while examining public opinion.

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In relation to the public’s attitude towards dog meat, a statement from the head of Korea Association of Animal Protection Lee Won Bok stated that “public awareness of their basic rights and animal rights issues are tangled in a complicated manner”.

The statement added that public opinion suggests that “people have negative views both about eating dogs and legally banning it”.

The Government stated that the initiative does not necessarily guarantee a ban, however, this vague stance drew quick protests from dog farmers and animal rights activists.

Approximately 1 million to 1.5 million dogs are killed each year for food in South Korea which is a decrease from several million about 10-20 years ago.

IMAGE – Klearchos Kapoutsis/ “President_Moon_Jae-in_Press_Conference_0” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by KOREA.NET – Official page of the Republic of Korea

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