Bill calling for dog meat consumption ban proposed at Seoul city council

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A member of Seoul’s municipal council has proposed an ordinance bill calling for the Mayor to draw up a long-term plan to ban dog meat consumption and put it into action, officials said on Monday.

“The culture of thinking of pets as part of the family has already become a worldwide trend,” Yonhap News Agency quoted Yang Min-gyu, the councilperson from South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party, as saying.

Yang added that the capital city should work to improve animal welfare and raise awareness of the issue.

Dog meat consumption has long been at the centre of controversy here, as it has been part of the country’s cuisine for centuries.

South Korea’s Animal Protection Law aims to prevent the cruel slaughter of dogs and cats, but it does not ban the consumption of dog meat.

Public interest in the matter has grown over recent years with a sharp increase in the population of those who raise pets.

A total of 6.38 million households across the country, or 27.7 per cent, had been raising pets as of 2020, Yang said, citing data from the Agriculture Ministry.

The bill will likely be put to a vote at the Seoul city council’s session next month.

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