Group plans to ‘let 2 million dogs out’ near presidential office

AN umbrella group for those in the dog meat industry in South Korea has vowed to hold a protest tomorrow against the government’s move to ban dog meat consumption, while allegedly threatening to release two million dogs around the presidential office in Yongsan-gu, Seoul.

Daehan Yukgyeon Hyephoi (Dog Meat Federation), a group consisting of dog meat farm operators and dog meat restaurant owners across the country, has recently decided to hold a protest in front of the War Memorial of Korea in Yongsan, just across the street from the office of President Yoon Suk-yeol.

“Each participant will be there with at least one dog (at the protest). Whether or not the dogs will be released will be left to the discretion of each participant,” the group told local media.

The Yoon government and ruling party are shooting to propose legislation that would ban dog meat sales by 2027, which is when Yoon’s term is set to end.

The special Bill will outlaw farming dogs for meat, slaughtering them, distributing the meat, restaurants and any businesses related to dog meat.

Violators of the proposed law will be subject to criminal punishment.

If the special Bill passes in the National Assembly, those in the dog meat industry will be granted a three-year grace period.

The government’s drive to end dog meat consumption, backed feverishly by first lady Kim Keon-hee, has touched off controversy in South Korea, where eating dog is not common but has never been restricted by law.

An August 2022 poll by Gallup Korea on 1,514 adults in the country showed that 85.5% of respondents do not eat dog meat, while 80.7% said they never plan to.

Over half of South Koreans – 55.8% – think that eating dog meat should be discontinued, while 28.4% thought the practice should continue as-is, the aforementioned Gallup poll showed. — The Korea Herald/ANN

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