Asia&Pacific

South Korea to ban dog meat

19:52, 27 September 2021
South Korea to ban dog meat

South Korean President Moon Jae-in  raised the issue that the government must review the official ban on dog meat in South Korea.


President Moon told the Prime Minister during their weekly meeting: "Isn't it time to seriously review the dog meat ban?," according to the spokeswoman of the Presidential office Park Kyung-mi. 

The President made the remarks while receiving a briefing on the government's plan to improve the social care program for abandoned animals. 

An increasing number of South Koreans start to live with dogs in their homes, however the number of dog farms, where dogs are bred to be later consumed is still high.

Moon is known to be a dog lover, as several dogs live with him in the presidential office.

Korea has an animal protection law that bans the brutal slaughter of dogs and cats, however it does not prohibit the consumption of dogs.

"An increasing number of South Koreans believe that eating dog meat is animal abuse rather than a tradition," Jeon Jin-kyung, who heads the Animal Rights Defense Organization of Korea, said welcoming Moon's words.

Advocates of dog meat did not support the President's statements as they claim that people should have the freedom to choose what they eat.