South Korea says it’s going to ban consuming canine meat, with plans to introduce a legislation by the top of this yr.
The legislation to finish the standard however controversial observe would have a three-year grace interval, with canine meat banned totally from 2027.
The Korean observe of consuming canine meat has drawn criticism from animal rights activists abroad, however there has additionally been rising opposition at house, notably from youthful folks.
“It is time to put an end to social conflicts and controversies around dog meat consumption through the enactment of a special act to end it,” Yu Eui-dong, coverage chief of the ruling People Power Party, stated at a gathering on Friday.
The authorities and ruling celebration would introduce a invoice this yr to implement a ban, he stated, including he was assured it could move with bipartisan assist.
Anti-dog meat payments have failed prior to now due to protests by these within the trade, and concern for the livelihoods of farmers and restaurant homeowners.
The proposed ban will embrace a three-year grace interval and monetary assist for companies to transition out of the commerce.
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Eating canine meat is way much less widespread than it was once in South Korea, however it’s nonetheless eaten by some older folks and served in sure eating places.
A Gallup Korea ballot final yr confirmed 64% opposed canine meat consumption. The survey discovered solely 8% of respondents had eaten canine inside the previous yr, down from 27% in 2015.
First woman Kim Keon Hee has been a vocal critic of canine meat consumption and, alongside along with her husband, President Yoon Suk Yeol, has adopted stray canine.
There are about 1,150 canine breeding farms, 34 slaughterhouses, 219 distribution corporations, and 1,600 eating places serving canine meat, in response to authorities information.
Animal rights teams welcomed the prospect of a ban.
“A dream come true for all of us who have campaigned so hard to end this cruelty,” Humane Society International stated in an announcement.