It looks like dog meat in Korea is on its way out ... at last
A new bill aims to remove the legal basis for factory-style mass breeding of millions of dogs for slaughter
Animal rights activists have welcomed moves by the South Korean parliament to ban farms breeding dogs for human consumption.
A new bill, introduced to the national assembly earlier this month by Lee Sang-don, a member of the centre-right Bareunmirae party, would remove the legal basis for factory-style mass breeding of dogs, reported the Korea Times.
“There are more than 3,000 dog farms where a million dogs get slaughtered every year,” said the Animal Liberation Wave group, who launched a campaign in January to ban the production and consumption of dog met and to legally define dogs as companions only.“We hope the bill will become a law to take the first step to end the dog meat industry in Korea,” the group said.
Dogs have a complicated legal status in South Korea where the practice of eating their meat is thousands of years old and fuelled by a belief that it aids virility. Younger Koreans, however, are generally opposed to it and the number of dog meat restaurants is in steady decline.Although dog meat cannot be traded through major distribution channels like other livestock, it is still legal to breed dogs to sell their meat as long as the animals are not killed in open areas or in front of each other.
The issue rose to the fore in February during the South Korean Winter Olympics when rescuing dogs from the dinner table became a cause celebre among athletes.
Gus Kenworthy, a freestyle skier from Colorado, made headlines by adopting Beemo, a jindo husky mix puppy, which was one of 80 dogs rescued from a farm near Seoul by the Humane Society International (HSI).The charity estimates that more than 2.5 million dogs are bred for human consumption across South Korea.After arriving in the US in March, Beemo featured regularly on Kenworthy’s Instagram account and had one of her own, with 134,000 followers.But on Sunday, the skier was forced to write a heart-wrenching goodbye after the young dog died unexpectedly from an incurable birth defect that had enlarged her heart. Kenworthy said he and his boyfriend were “beside ourselves” trying to cope with the loss.“Beemo was truly the best thing that ever happened to me and I feel so fortunate for our borrowed time together,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I’ve never loved anything or anyone in the way that I loved that dog and she is and will always be deeply missed. She was so smart and playful. She brought so much happiness to so many people every single day.”
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