Man faces animal cruelty charges for killing his dog for meat in Jeju Island

- Photo: The Korea Herald/ANN

SEOUL: South Korean police on Friday (June 14) said a man in his 60s is being investigated for potential violation of the Animal Protection Act, as they believe he killed one of his dogs for meat.

The man, a resident of Jeju Island, is accused of butchering a dog that he owned at around 10pm on Wednesday (June 12) at his orchard, according to the Jeju Dongbu Police Station.

A local animal rights group alerted police, but the dog had already been killed when officers arrived on the scene.

Officers at the scene found an ax and kitchen knife, thought to have been used to butcher the animal.

Two other dogs the man owned have been temporarily placed in the custody of an animal rights group.

South Korea's Animal Protection Act bans killing an animal by a cruel method or without justifiable cause.

The man told police officials that he planned to make bosintang, a traditional Korean soup that uses dog meat as its primary ingredient.

Bosintang, which has long been the subject of controversy, is in a legal gray area in South Korea.

Throughout Korean history, dogs have been considered livestock, like pigs and cows. Thus, the livestock law currently defines dogs within livestock.

But the Animal Protection Act, enacted in 1991, defines dogs as pets, leading to contradictory interpretations of the law from proponents and opponents of dog meat.

The government in January moved to resolve the contradiction by passing a bill that would outlaw the breeding and slaughtering of dogs for meat, along with the distribution and consumption of dog meat, to take effect in 2027. - The Korea Herald/ANN

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

South Korea , Man , animal cruelty , charges , killing , dog , meat , Jeju Island


Next In Aseanplus News

Soccer-Spain to offer relentless pressing, England out to stop speedy wingers
Soccer-England return to Berlin for Euro final recalls infamous Nazi salute
MACC arrests three enforcement officials for receiving RM20,000 bribe to drop fraud case
King and queen’s personal touches add uniqueness to installation ceremony
Factbox-Cricket-England's leading test wicket-taker James Anderson
Esha’s mother lodges police report against four TikTokers
UEC enrollment in Sarawak universities under free tertiary education scheme by 2026, says Premier
Asean News Headlines at 10pm on Friday (July 12, 2024)
Natural disasters cost China whopping RM60.2bil in first six months of 2024
Japan on ‘high-alert’ for summer power shortages, says minister

Others Also Read