South Korea considering ban on eating dog meat

South Korea is considering a ban on the consumption of dog meat.

The Korea Times reported that President Moon Jae-in raised the issue with his Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum, during a policy discussion about a new government scheme to care for abandoned pets.

The country has passed a law against the inhumane slaughter of dogs or cats, but not against the consumption of the meat.

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However, dog meat consumption has fallen in South Korea, as more people in the country come to keep them as pets.

Mr Moon has several pet dogs himself.

Polls conducted by the Humane Society International late last year showed more than 84 per cent of South Koreans said they had not or would not eat dog meat, and nearly 60 per cent believed the trade should be abolished altogether.

However, the Korea Times said the debate had still sparked resistance.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in addressed the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly.

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"Dogs that are raised for consumption weigh from 35kg to up to 80kg," dog farmer representative Cho Hwan-ro said.

"They are completely distinctive types of breeds raised in a different environment compared to pets."

But animal rights advocate Jeon Jin-kyung welcomed the president's comments, saying more South Koreans were viewing eating dog meat as animal abuse rather than tradition.

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