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South Korea Launches Task Force on Dog Meat Ban | World

Lee Won-bok, chairman of the Korea Animal Conservation Association, said the government’s announcement was “extremely disappointing” because it did not include a concrete plan to ban the consumption of dog meat.

“We have deep doubts about whether the government is determined to stop consuming dog meat,” Lee said.

About 1 to 1.5 million dogs are killed for food each year in South Korea, down from the millions about 10 to 20 years ago. According to Ju’s organization, thousands of farmers now have a total of about 1 to 2 million meat dogs in South Korea.

Ju said farmers, mostly poor older people, want the government to temporarily legalize dog meat consumption for about 20 years, hoping that demand will gradually decline. Lee said animal rights groups want a faster termination of their business.

“Korea is the only developed country where people eat dogs and is an act that undermines our international image,” Lee said. “Even though K-POP band BTS and (Korean drama) squid games are ranked number one in the world, foreigners still connect South Korea with dog meat and the Korean War.”

According to Lee, dogs are consumed as food in North Korea, China, Vietnam, and South Korea.

In September, dog-loving President Moon Jae-in asked at a meeting with the Prime Minister, “Is it time to carefully consider the ban on dog meat consumption?”

South Korea Launches Task Force on Dog Meat Ban | World

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