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It is time to consider ban on dogs as food: South Korean President

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.

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While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.

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