South Korean govt to mull dog meat ban next week

South Korea: Following President Moon Jae-in's recommendation to reassess the controversial practise, officials said on Thursday that the South Korean government will begin a formal discussion on whether to ban dog meat consumption. The government will consider how to proceed with societal talks on dog meat consumption at a Cabinet meeting on November 25, according to the government policy coordination office, which will be presided over by Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum.

During a meeting with the Prime Minister in September, Moon Jae-in mentioned the potential of prohibiting the consumption of dog meat in the country. Although an increasing number of South Koreans keep dogs as pets, some dog farms still exist where certain breeds are kept for meat.

Animal rights activists contend that the country's history of eating dogs is becoming an international embarrassment, while proponents of dog meat argue that individuals should be free to eat anything they want.  The Animal Protection Law in South Korea was enacted to outlaw the cruel slaughter of dogs and cats, but not dog consumption.

According to a recent Realmeter poll, 48.9 percent of individuals are opposed to establishing a law prohibiting the consumption of dog meat, while 38.6 percent are in favour.

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