Stop the sale of dog meat, law approved in South Korea

South Korea has passed a law that aims to end slaughter and sales by 2027

There South Korea has passed a law that aims to end the slaughter and sale of dog meat by 2027. According to the law – which puts an end to a centuries-old gastronomic tradition, although less and less popular among young people – it will be forbidden to breed or slaughter dogs for consumption, as well as distribute or sell dog meat.

Those who slaughter dogs face up to three years in prison, while those who breed dogs for meat or sell dog meat could serve a maximum of two years. However, the consumption of dog meat itself will not be illegal. The new legislation will take effect in three years, giving farmers and restaurateurs time to find alternative sources of work and income. The government has promised to support dog breeders, butchers and restaurant owners whose businesses will be forced to close, although details of the compensation that will be offered are yet to be finalised. According to government statistics, as of 2023, South Korea had approximately 1,600 dog meat restaurants and 1,150 dog farms.

Dog meat stew, called “boshintang,” is considered a delicacy among some older South Koreans, but the meat is no longer popular with young people. According to a Gallup poll last year, only 8% of people said they had tried dog meat in the past 12 months, down from 27% in 2015. Less than a fifth of those surveyed said they supported eating dog meat. meat.