South Korea: Canine meat trade in decline

Eating dog meat was a habit a few years ago for South Koreans. Today, mentalities are changing, young people prefer to have dogs as pets rather than on their plate.

" It's an activity that is dying ", book M Gong, a rancher, who has been dogging his dogs for human consumption for the last ten years

With the struggle of animal rights advocates and the changing mentalities of young people, Mr. Gong's breeding is fifth to be closed by the Humane Society International (HSI) , an association based in the United States Nearly 200 dogs including Siberian Huskies, Rottweilers, Japanese Tosas, Korean Goldens Retrievers and Jindo, are being rescued by these lifeguards on the big heart.

In this type of breeding, dogs are locked from birth to death . And every year, between 1.5 and 2.5 million dogs are eaten by the South Korean population.

Last year, HSI closed four farms of this kind. type, thus saving 225 dogs

The dog, a pet

Most of the doggies rescued by the association are sent to the United States and Canada, in order to be adopted by loving families who will take care of them.

At the time, canine meat was the most easily found, Mr. Gong says " in the In the past, people ate dogs because there was nothing else . "However, fortunately for the canine species, dogs are increasingly appreciated by young people as company. A study by the Gallup Korea Institute estimates that only 20% of young people in their twenties have consumed canine meat in the year 2015, compared with 50% of those in their 50s and 60s.

" Eating dog becomes weird " is what Mr. Gong delivers. In addition, South Korea is preparing to host the 2018 Olympic Games, and the international publicity surrounding the event will be an opportunity for activists to plead the cause of animals consumed in this country. Korean authorities are sensitive to negative publicity about the dog meat industry. Moreover, the restaurants selling this meat in Seoul were even closed in 1988 during the previous Olympics.

Raising awareness to stop the sale of canine meat

M. Gong started to produce canine meat ten years ago, after several failures in other sectors. He also admits that he has " never been proud " of his activity, which only provided him with a modest income. In a typical year, he sold about 200 dogs at $ 200 each , for a gross income of about $ 40,000. " I realized that dogs would be a lot happier if I changed my mind ," he explains, as Snow, his own pet, was on death row. Moreover, when asked to compare Snow's life to that of other canids he imprisoned, he replied, " is the difference between paradise and hell

After its high-profile operations, HSI seeks to "o engage in a dialogue with South Korean decision-makers ," says Andrew Pumbly, who is in charge of the organization's campaign. Their second goal is raise awareness public opinion to this market of dog meat, which must stop.

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