As a step in the right direction Moon Jae-in, the South Korean President urges a ban on dog meat consumption in the country, reported by Bloomberg.
South Korea is one of the countries where dog meat is consumed. This act has been severely criticised internationally for several years now. In fact, in May 2021, the Humane Society International (HSI) rescued 171 dogs. This was part of its end the dog meat trade campaign.
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Winds of change
The South Korean President Moon Jae-in intends to seriously drive the cause of “prohibiting dog meat consumption.” Notably, the younger generation in South Korea view the practice of consuming dog meat negatively.
A recent Nielsen survey conducted in 2020 indicates that 84% of South Koreans have not consumed dog meat. And, importantly, they intend not to in the future as well. Almost 60% of South Koreans support the ban on dog meat consumption. More than half of the respondents (57%) believe that dog meat consumption reflects poorly on the country.
Yet a long way to go
Even as South Korean President urges a ban on dog meat consumption in the country, there is still a long way to go.
“No matter how many dogs we rescue from this brutal trade, it never gets easier to stomach the harsh, terrifying conditions we find the survivors enduring,” said Kitty Block, CEO of HSI and president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “On the most recent dog farm rescue that HSI worked on, the scene that greeted our team was particularly sobering because slaughter had been conducted on-site at this farm. Because of the tireless work of our staff and our partner groups in Korea, these dogs are one step closer to a new beginning as cherished family members.” (Her statement has been taken from the HSI website).