South Korea has implemented a law prohibiting the trade of Dog Meat

South Korea has implemented a law prohibiting the trade of Dog Meat By Fathimath Nasli - January 09, 2024
South Korea has implemented a law prohibiting the trade of Dog Meat

Dogs in cages at Dog meat farm

South Korea has approved a new law with the goal of putting an end to the slaughter and trade of dogs for meat by 2027.

This legislation targets the centuries-old practice of consuming dog meat, which has seen a decline in popularity, especially among the younger generation. 

The law prohibits raising or slaughtering dogs for consumption, as well as distributing or selling dog meat, with potential jail sentences for those found guilty. Butchering dogs could lead to up to three years in prison, while raising or selling dogs for meat could result in a maximum sentence of two years. The consumption of dog meat itself, however, will remain legal.

The law is set to take effect in three years, allowing time for farmers and restaurant owners to transition to alternative sources of employment and income. They are required to submit plans to phase out their businesses to local authorities.

The government has committed to supporting affected dog meat farmers, butchers, and restaurant owners, although specific compensation details are yet to be finalized.

As of 2023, South Korea had approximately 1,600 dog meat restaurants and 1,150 dog farms. Dog meat stew, known as "boshintang," was considered a delicacy among some older South Koreans, but its popularity has waned. A Gallup poll from the previous year revealed that only 8% of respondents had tried dog meat in the past 12 months, down from 27% in 2015. Less than a fifth of those surveyed supported the consumption of dog meat.

The generational divide on this issue was evident in Seoul, where older individuals were seen enjoying dog meat stew while younger people expressed support for the ban. 

The ban received praise from animal rights groups, while dog meat farmers, who campaigned against it, argued that the practice should naturally phase out due to declining interest among the younger population. 

Some voiced frustration, citing the rise in pet ownership as a reason behind the ban, and questioned why other countries, like China and Vietnam, were not imposing similar restrictions.

Source: BBC

By Fathimath Nasli - January 09, 2024

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