North Koreans Orders Citizens To Hand Over Their Pet Dogs To Serve As Meat As Food Shortages Heightens
The Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un has ordered that pet dogs in Pyongyang should be seized from their owners as fears that their dogs are being used to solve the nation’s food shortages heightens.
In July, Jong-Un had announced that it is now against the law to own a pet after declaring that pet dogs are a symbol of capitalist “decadence”.
“Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down“, a source told South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper.
The source added that some of the dogs are sent to state-run zoos or sold to dog meat restaurants.
Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported that pet owners are “cursing Kim Jong-un behind his back” but they can do nothing about it as refusal would attract grave penalty.
A recent report from the UN indicates that 60 percent of North Korea’s 25.5 million people are facing “widespread food shortages“.
He said it had been worsened by international sanctions imposed on the regime for its nuclear missile programmes.
In Korean Peninsula, Dog meat has long been considered a delicacy.
However, the tradition of eating dogs is gradually fading out in South Korea, although an estimated 1 million dogs are reared on farms to be consumed every year in South Korea.