Eating Gaegogi, or dog meat, has been a tradition for a very long time in both North and South Korea, along with other regions. However, due to sanitation issues and cruelty concerns, the practice is extremely controversial. According to Unilad, “South Korea adopted its first Animal Protection Law in Ma 1991, it never prohibited the slaughter of dogs for their meat, simply banning the killing of animals in brutal ways.”
Unlike pork or chicken, dogs do not fall under the Livestock Processing Act of 1962, which means, “there are no regulations when it comes to slaughtering dogs for meat and this leads to them being killed in numerous cruel ways, including electrocution, strangulation and some are even allegedly beaten to death.”
People who want to still prepare and consume Gaegogi argue that it should be regulated just like every other meat. They claim that as long as the meat is prepared in a humane and sanitary way, there shouldn’t be an issue. Of course, many people want the practice to stop completely.
The practice, however, does seem to be dying out amongst younger generations in South Korea. According to a 2007 survey by the Korean Ministry of Agriculture, 59 percent of Koreans under 30 would not eat dog.
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