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25 April, 2024
 
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South Korea breaks with tradition, announcing plans to ban dog meat consumption

Landmark decision marks the end of an era in South Korea's culinary culture

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South Korea is set to ban eating dogs by 2027, according to the policy chief of the ruling People Power Party, Yu Eui-dong. At a meeting with government officials and animal rights activists, Yu stated that a bill to enforce the ban would be introduced this year, expecting bipartisan support in parliament. The move has been hailed by animal rights groups as a "historic announcement," particularly among the younger generation.

Humane Society International called it "a dream come true" for those campaigning against cruelty, while local groups urged legislation to mark the end of this practice. The decision is seen as a significant shift, with opposition to dog meat consumption growing.

Despite being an age-old tradition, data shows a decline in the practice's popularity, with only 8% of respondents having eaten dog in the last year, down from 27% in 2015.

Despite being an age-old tradition, data shows a decline in the practice's popularity, with only 8% of respondents having eaten dog in the last year, down from 27% in 2015. Still, the dog meat industry contributes to an economy of breeding farms, slaughterhouses, distribution companies, and restaurants.

Agriculture Minister Chung Hwang-keun pledged government support to help those in the dog meat industry close their businesses. The ban proposal includes a three-year grace period and financial aid for a smooth transition out of the trade.

First Lady Kim Keon Hee, a vocal critic of dog meat consumption, has supported the ban, aligning with a bipartisan letter from U.S. Congress members urging South Korea to end dog meat consumption. The proposed legislation is expected to be passed in early December, marking a significant step toward ending this practice.

[Source: Daily Mail UK]

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