South Korea plans to end the controversial practice of eating dog meat.
Although only a small minority of people still consume dog meat in South Korea, the ancient practice has faced heavy criticism from foreign media and animal rights activists. Today, the country’s younger generations are joining calls to ban it.
At a press briefing on November 17, the government said it planned to enact a special law within a year banning the breeding, slaughtering, distribution and sale of dogs for food.
As part of this, dogs will be excluded from the country’s livestock law, recognizing their companion status. animals.
Is dog meat common in South Korea?
In 2022, South KoreaNational broadcaster KBS reported that more than half a million dogs were being raised for food across the country and that 1,600 restaurants were selling dog meat.
In February last year, there were 1,156 farms breeding of meat dogs and 34 slaughterhouses, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
A three-year grace period will be provided to allow the industry to transition and close its doors, with enforcement measures beginning in 2027. Government support will also be provided to ease the transition.
Is South Korea’s dog meat ban likely to pass?
South Korea’s conservative ruling party, the People Power Party, is behind the latest calls for a ban on the consumption of dog meat. Their biggest rival, the Democratic Party, has also said it supports a to forbid.
With elections approaching in April 2024, the result is therefore unlikely to derail the decision.
A survey carried out in 2023 by animal rights The Korea Humane Society International (Korea HSI) group and research agency NielsenIQ also showed public support, with 57 percent of 1,500 respondents in favor.
More than 86 percent of adults surveyed said they had no plans to eat dogs in the future, whether or not they have done so in the past.
The study also found an increased negative perception of dog meat among people aged 40 to 50, as well as an increased consensus on the need to protect dog meat. well-being animals.
There was some opposition to the proposed ban, with an industry group gathering outside the National Assembly building in Seoul after the announcement.
They said the law would “deprive people of their fundamental right to eat» and “fail to protect farmers”, reports the South Korean daily The Hankyoreh.