President Moon Jae-in of South Korea offers to look into banning the consumption of dog meat in the country.
On Monday, Mr. Moon asked during a meeting with his Prime Minister, Kim Bookyum “if it was time to carefully consider” a ban. He said this as he was briefed on measures to protect abandoned animals in the country.
Dog meat is neither legal nor ineligible in South Korea. Before now, there was a ban on the cruel slaughter of dogs and cats, but the consumption is not banned. Also, three of the country’s largest dog meat markets have closed down and in recent views the public has turned away from dog meat while the trend of keeping animals as pets is growing.
Yet it is estimated that up to one million dogs are slaughtered for food each year in South Korea.
Animal groups and a few activists welcomed the President’s comments instructing a review of the dog meat consumption ban at a gathering in Central Seoul on Tuesday. Nevertheless, some others oppose to ban as a fall to Western coercion.