South Korea Bans Dog Meat Trade

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South Korea Bans Dog Meat Trade

By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman

South Korea has enacted a law set to eradicate the slaughter and trade of dogs for their meat by 2027, marking a significant move against the centuries-old tradition of consuming dog meat.

The comprehensive legislation, INCNews247 learnt prohibits the raising, slaughtering, distribution, and sale of dogs for consumption, carrying potential jail sentences for violators.

INCNews247 reports that individuals involved in butchering dogs could face up to three years in prison, while those raising or selling dog meat may be sentenced to a maximum of two years.

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Scheduled to take effect in three years’ time, the law allows farmers and restaurant owners a transitional period to explore alternative livelihoods.

They are required to submit phased business closure plans to local authorities during this time.

While the government vows full support for affected parties, including compensation, specific details remain pending.

As of 2023, South Korea reported approximately 1,600 dog meat restaurants and 1,150 dog farms.

The traditional dish “boshintang,” a dog meat stew, once considered a delicacy among older South Koreans, has seen declining popularity, particularly among the younger generation.

Recent Gallup polls indicate a significant decrease in dog meat consumption, with only 8% trying it in the past year, down from 27% in 2015, making less than a fifth of respondents expressed support for the practice.

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