Dozens of South Korean farmers clashed with police during a demonstration in the capital Seoul on Thursday. Farmers protested against the government’s plan to ban the breeding of dogs for meat. This was reported by the Reuters agency, according to which, in addition to the government, the proposal is allegedly supported by a large part of the opposition.
About 200 meat dog breeders, restaurant owners and other people involved in the industry gathered near the presidential office. They chanted, sang, threatened with fists and made speeches criticizing the government’s plans.
Some farmers came to the city with trucks carrying dogs in cages, but the police did not allow them access to the demonstration site. During the protest, the police arrested three demonstrators, the farmers said.
Calls for a ban on dog meat are growing in South Korea. In the country of 51 million, more than six million households own a dog as a pet, according to Reuters. In a survey from last year, two-thirds of respondents spoke against the consumption of dog meat, and only eight percent of respondents said that they had actually eaten dog meat in the last year. In 2015, there were still 27 percent of such people.
The campaign against the dog meat trade has also gained momentum thanks to South Korean first lady Kim Kon-hi, who is a pet lover and has repeatedly supported a ban on killing dogs for meat.