Dozens protest in Seoul to mark 'dog meat day' in South Korea

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2019

Dog meat is neither legal nor explicitly banned in South Korea.

Wearing headbands saying "Fight!"

Dozens of people opposing dog meat consumption, including American actress Kim Basinger, have rallied in Seoul to mark a "dog meat day" in South Korea. Humane Society International, an animal welfare activist group, estimates there are 17,000 remaining dog meat farms in South Korea.

But consumption has declined as the nation embraces the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock, with slaughterhouses closing and pressure mounting from activists - at home and overseas - to ban eating the animals altogether.

"Dear citizens, please eat dog meat - a traditional, delicious delicacy that has been enjoyed by our ancestors for generations - without shame and thereby lead happy and healthy lives".

For decades, South Korea has faced criticism over its treatment of animals and the country's ongoing custom of consuming dog meat, and South Korean animal rights activists have been at the forefront of attempting to shut down the trade. Many South Koreans believe that eating dog meat or chicken soup on those days gives them strength to beat the heat. Pets are growing in popularity, and a survey last year indicated that about 80% of South Koreans had not eaten dog meat in the previous year.

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