Unfortunately countless of topics could be alluded here- maybe you thought I’d talk about international adoption (once again), although a good guess it’s not. Not this time.
As many people already know Dog Meat is still commonly practiced in South Korea and although the Animal Right Protection Law from 1991 and article 7 does not actually prohibit killing dogs for meat it simply states that it prohibits killing animals in an inhumane way, and in regards to dogs breed for meat it advises that the slaughter should not be conducted out in public.
Back in 2008 the government attempted to add Dog Meat Dogs to the list of breeds included in Korean livestock but after too much controversy and criticism rhey decided not to.
Since younger Koreans has began to own pets such as dogs and cats a majority if younger people is critical towards dog breed simply for its meat.
Due to the fact that dog meat dogs aren’t officially recognized as livestock the dog meat farms can escape state regulations and scrutinity.
Many animal activists are working for a legal ban of dog meat and Save Korean Dogs even have a rescue shelter for dogs breed for consumption.
Korean buddhism prohibits consumption of all types of meat including dog meat.
Fact is that some of these dog meat farms are located in close proximaty to the Peyongchang Olympic Village.
Some critics even wants to see Peyongchang Olympics officially banned due to its dog meat industry and practice.
The Korean term for dog meat dogs are Nureongi (누렁이) Hwangu (황구) actually its common that former pet dogs are exploited for its meat as well as labradors, retrievers and even cocker spaniel dogs.
In 2010 the Korean Information Statistics reported that 892,820 dogs were kept in 100,191 farms.
By 2015 the official price for retrievers were 200,000 Korean won the equivalent of £140 British pound or $180 US dollars.
Should you want to avoid dog meat dishes then these are the terms you should avoid;
- Bosintang (보신탕)
- Gaejangguk (개장국)
- Gaegogi Jeongol (개고기 전골)
- Gae Suyuk (개수육)
- Gaegogi Muchim (개고기 무침)
- Gaesoju (개소주)
If you live in Korea and considers getting a pet dog consider adopting one from an animal shelter.