Have you ever heard the expression “one man’s meat is another man’s poison”? Nothing could be more abhorrent to a western mind than the thought of eating dogs, as dogs are man’s best friend and have accompanied man steadfastly through the generations.
They amuse and delight us with their antics, protect and love us unconditionally, so how on earth…? one might ask. The simple fact is that not all nations think of dogs in the same way. In many eastern countries, they are eaten as a matter of routine, even being presented as a delicacy in some areas. In Korea for example, dogs are traditionally eaten during the summer months.
The only way this mindset can ever be changed is through public awareness and the use of all channels available, including social media, to convey it. BBC Korea recently brought a few South Koreans together to debate this topic. Interestingly, it emerged that dog farming is a recognized profession in Korea but is not regulated by the government. Some young Koreans were horrified to hear how dogs are inhumanely slaughtered and vowed to stop eating them until this matter is addressed.
One glimmer of hope seems to be on the horizon, as more and more Koreans are choosing to have dogs as pets and are thus seeing them in a different light. Many Koreans still see dog meat as just meat, especially the older generation. As young Koreans interact, they are starting to become more aware of this issue. Hopefully, they will put more pressure on the government to ban it outright.
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