Here’s Why South Korea Dog Farmers are Threatening to Release 2 Million Dogs

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here’s why south korea dog farmers are threatening to release 2 million dogs

In the face of a proposed dog meat ban in South Korea, the Korea Dog Meat Farmers’ Association, a staunch opponent of measures to curb the industry, has raised the stakes with a controversial threat. Joo Young-bong, the head of the association, revealed during a recent radio show that they are considering releasing 2 million dogs near government landmarks in Seoul and the residences of lawmakers. 

This drastic response comes in the wake of a bill introduced by the ruling People Power Party on November 17, aiming to eliminate South Korea’s dog meat trade by 2027.

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According to the proposed legislation, businesses involved in the dog meat trade, including dog farms, butchers, retailers, and restaurants, would need to submit plans to phase out their involvement to local authorities. The bill allows for a three-year grace period and financial aid from the government to facilitate the transition. Additionally, it suggests penalties for offenders, including a maximum five-year jail sentence or a fine of 50 million won ($38,000).

This legislative move is notable for receiving rare bipartisan support, with 44 lawmakers from both the ruling party and the opposition Democratic Party of Korea forming a group to address the issue. The bill has gained prominent support from first lady Kim Keon-hee, who shares her home with five cats and six dogs along with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. Previously drawing criticism for proposing that the anti-dog meat bill be named after his wife, Yoon’s backing adds weight to the cause.

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First lady Kim discussed legislative development during the state visit to London with Queen Camilla. In response, Queen Camilla expressed a welcome to Kim’s efforts, indicating international acknowledgment of the issue.

Despite the bipartisan and international support, dog meat farmers vehemently oppose the proposed ban, citing threats to their livelihoods and concerns about erasing the cultural practice of dog meat consumption. The threat to release 2 million dogs in Seoul is an unprecedented move that underscores the intensity of the opposition.

This isn’t the first time supporters of the dog meat trade have resorted to extreme actions. In 2019, they staged a dog meat tasting event in front of the National Assembly, while animal rights activists simultaneously called for a ban on the trade.

The centuries-old practice of consuming dog meat, traditionally associated with combating summer heat, is now largely limited to older generations. However, it has faced increasing controversy due to concerns about animal cruelty and the growing popularity of dogs as household pets. The proposed ban represents a pivotal moment in addressing cultural traditions, animal welfare, and legislative reform in South Korea.

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