A public-private-social organization to discuss how to deal with dog food will be launched next month. After conducting a fact-finding survey and collecting opinions, it was decided to come up with an agreement by April next year.
Reporter Jang Se-man on the sidewalk.
The controversy over dog meat consumption began in earnest during the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Although it has been pointed out that eating dog meat is illegal under the Food Sanitation Act, even the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, the main ministry, has been adhering to the position that the pros and cons are sharp, and that social discussions should be preceded.
[채일택/동물자유연대 팀장 : 정부가 그동안 계속 그걸 방치한 거죠. 식약처 입장도 (개 식용은) 불법이 맞는데, 많은 사람들이 개 식용을 지금 현재도 하고 있는데 무조건 이제 처벌하기는 어렵다는 (겁니다.)]
The dog meat issue resurfaced after President Moon Jae-in ordered a review by relevant ministries in September, saying that it is not time to review the ban on eating dogs.
The government has decided to create a public-private social forum to discuss dog food next month and come up with a social consensus by April next year.
In addition to surveys on dog breeding farms, slaughterhouses and distributors, public perception surveys are also conducted.
[김부겸 총리 : 동물권과 동물복지에 대한 우리 사회의 관심이 높아지면서 개식용을 오래된 식습관의 문화로만 보기에는 어렵지 않겠나 하는 그런 목소리가 더욱 커지고 있습니다.]
The social discussion group consists of about 20 people, including dog meat producers and business owners, as well as civic groups and experts.
Based on the results of the discussion, relevant government departments plan to come up with specific measures.
(Video coverage: Jeong Seong-hwa, video editing: Jo Moo-hwan)