Dog meat demand dips in S.Korea

Source:AFP Published: 2017/12/27 19:33:40

Barking at their rescuers, Labradors, beagles and mongrels desperately scrambled out of rusty cages in South Korea: saved from the dinner plate by a deal with dog-meat farmer Kim Young-hwan.

In the face of falling demand, Kim agreed to close his establishment in exchange for compensation from US-based Humane Society International (HSI). The dogs are bound for a new life in adoptive homes in the West.

He is the 10th canine-meat farmer to accept such an offer in three years.

The push by animal rights activists, including many overseas groups, to outlaw dog meat consumption in the South has sparked mixed reactions and accusations of Western hypocrisy.

South Koreans are believed to consume about one million dogs a year as a summertime delicacy.

The tradition has declined as the nation increasingly embraces the idea of dogs as pets, with eating them taboo among many young South Koreans.

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