President’s anger forces citizens to ditch pet dogs as meat for restaurants
The North Korean government is now forcing its citizens to submit their pet dogs so that they can be used as food.
Pet dogs are slaughtered in restaurants and used as dog meat while others are dropped off at the National Zoo, Sky News reports.
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly embarked on a food shortage movement in the country.
While ordinary people raise pigs and other animals, pet dogs are mainly owned by the elite and wealthy in the nation’s capital, Pyongyang.
The president had in July 2020 banned the possession of pets, denouncing it as “a trend tainted by bourgeois ideology”.
Sky News quoted a source as saying that pet owners “curse Kim Jong Un behind his back,” but there’s little they can do.
The source said: “Ordinary people keep pigs and cattle on their porches, but high officials and wealthy own pet dogs, which has stirred up some resentment.
Using dogs as a meal is a popular tradition in China and the Korean Peninsula.