Rallies protest South Korea 'dog meat day'

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 14, 2019

"I do think that government is going to have to not turn a blind eye and really come up with solutions like this", she added, hoping their efforts would lead to similar legislation in other nations where dog meat is consumed.

South Korean dog farmers defiantly gobbled down canine meat at a counter-protest to an animal rights demonstration in Seoul on Friday, handing out leaflets touting the health benefits of the divisive delicacy. There were no reports of violence. We have to help anything suffering.

Basinger, a longtime animal rights activist, has previously protested the country's dog-meat industry but this marks the first time she's visited South Korea, where she's joining efforts to lobby lawmakers to support a bill that would make dog meat illegal.

The anti-dog meat protesters held placards that read "How Many Millions Have to Die Before Dog Meat Ends?"

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"Dog meat itself is a chunk of collagen, which is good for the skin and makes one a handsome woman", the farmers' leaflet said, adding that it is also good for the health of the elderly. About 10 meters (30 feet) away, farmers who raise dogs that are sold to restaurants brought steamed dog meat and ate it with kimchi.

Animal rights activists have for years tried to push through a legal ban on eating dog meat, which has become less and less popular, especially with young South Koreans, said the Care organisers.

But many people still oppose outlawing dog meat because they view it as surrendering to Western pressure. A survey last year indicated that about 80 percent of South Koreans had never eaten dog meat in the past year.

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