A revolutionary step in South Korea: Ban on eating dog meat
South Korea’s parliament made history on Tuesday when it passed a law that significantly alters the country’s traditional landscape. The vote overwhelmingly approved a ban on the sale and consumption of dog meat, which is seen as a step towards protecting animals and humanity.
From the outset, this is a major step towards stopping a centuries-old tradition. The consumption of dog meat, which has historically been associated with the possibility of improving stamina in the hot summer season, is set to end from 2027, especially among the country’s senior citizens.
This law was prompted by public pressure calling for better treatment of animals. The law, which is yet to be signed by the president, is expected to impose up to three years in prison and a fine of 30 million won for those who breed, kill or sell dog meat for human consumption. In addition, it includes measures to encourage breeders to change their businesses.
Some dog meat processors oppose the new standard. They reject the accusations of activists who claim that most dogs intended for this purpose have been electrocuted or hanged. In November, about 200 dog breeders protested outside the parliament building.
Research shows that most South Koreans no longer consume dog meat. According to the research institution Animal Welfare Awareness, 94 percent of South Koreans said they had not eaten dog meat in the past year and 93 percent do not plan to consume dog meat in the future.
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