South Korea forms commission of experts to address possible dog meat ban

The objective is to promote a debate on this thorny controversy for which they hope to have reached a “social consensus” by April.

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The Government of South Korea is working on the creation of a special committee to address the possible prohibition of the consumption of dog meat in the country, a controversial practice with a long tradition, but which in the last thirty years has been debated coinciding with the international projection of the country.

The Ministry of Agriculture has announced this Thursday that the commission will be made up of twenty people, including advisers and experts from the private sector such as public officials. The objective is to promote a debate on this thorny controversy for which they hope to have reached a “social consensus” by April.

This discussion about the consumption of dog meat “has existed for more than thirty years,” said the South Korean Prime Minister, Kim Boo Kyum, who set the beginning of this new debate with the celebration of the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988 , when the Asian country showed itself to the world.

“With the increase in the number of households with pets and the growing public interest in the rights and welfare of animals, we are witnessing an increase in petitions against the consumption of meat as part of an ancient food culture.” , Kim explained.

This debate has been recently promoted by the president of South Korea, Moon Jae In, a recognized dog lover, who in September already suggested the need to “carefully study the prohibition of the consumption of dog meat,” recalls the agency of South Korean news Yonhap.

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However, according to a survey by the South Korean consultancy Realmeter published at the beginning of this month of November, 48.9 percent of the people surveyed oppose to prohibit the consumption of dog meat through the legislation by 38.6 percent who do support the measure.

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