South Korea Set To Ban Eating Dogs by 2027 Following Proposed Bill with Bi-Partisan Support

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If you’ve been hoping for a chance to try a local delicacy in South Korea, you probably only have a few years left to make that wish come true.

That’s because a proposed law in South Korea will ban “comprehensively ban the breeding, slaughter, distribution, and sale of dogs for consumption,” according to the Korea JoongAng Daily.

Even though consumption of dog meat has been on the decline, there remain thousands of businesses in the country that are at least peripherally involved in the industry, according to the outlet.

“Presently, the government estimates there are more than 1,150 farms, 34 slaughterhouses, 219 distribution companies, and approximately 1,600 restaurants engaged in the production of dog meat,” the Daily said.

Yu Eui-dong, policy chief of the ruling People Power Party, said a bill would be introduced this year to enact the ban, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mail.

“It is time to put an end to social conflicts and controversies around dog meat consumption through the enactment of a special act to end it,” he said at a meeting with animal rights activists that including some South Korean government officials.

The bill was expected to garner bipartisan support and gain approval easily, Yu said, according to the Daily Mail.

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