Dog farmers clash with police at protest over dog meat ban in South Korea

Animal News : Dog farmers clash with police at protest over dog meat ban in South Korea
Farmers took a dog in a cage to the protest, Seoul, South Korea, November 30, 2023, credit: Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

About 200 farmers protested the proposed dog meat ban in South Korea on Thursday. They gathered near the presidential office in Seoul to demand the government to scrap the plan to ban dog meat.

“We can’t agree with the idea that it is barbaric because all countries that have the tradition of animal farming have at some point eaten dogs, and there are still countries where it’s done,” Ju Yeong-Bong, head of the dog meat farm committee, said.

The farmers clashed with police, who stopped them from crossing the street to move closer to the presidential office. Three people were arrested.

Two weeks ago, the ruling party of South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol introduced a bill to ban the breeding and sale of dogs for consumption by 2027. In addition, it mentioned that businesses that were forced to close would receive financial compensation. 

While eating dog meat has declined in popularity, dog meat farmers have been fighting to keep it legal. They’re supported by restaurant owners who serve dog meat

“From observing dog meat farmers and the environment of dog farms, I think people, including myself, oppose eating dog meat because there are problems with the slaughter method,” a 22-year-old resident, who asked to remain anonymous, told news agency Reuters. 

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