South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that the government should consider imposing a formal ban on the consumption of dog meat in the country.
“Hasn’t the time come to seriously consider prohibiting the consumption of dog meat?” According to Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Park Kyung-mee, Moon asked Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum during their weekly policy consultation session.
According to Yonhap News Agency, Park made the remarks while being briefed by the Prime Minister on the government’s plan to improve the system for caring for abandoned pets.
In a brief press statement, the spokesperson provided no further details on Moon’s remarks.
Although a growing number of South Koreans have dogs at home, there are still dog farms in operation where certain dog breeds are raised for food.
Moon is well-known for his love of dogs, and he keeps several of them at the presidential compound.
The Animal Protection Law in South Korea is primarily intended to prevent the cruel slaughter of dogs and cats, but it does not prohibit dog consumption.