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South Korean farmer prosecuted for killing dogs for meat in ‘landmark case’

An estimated one million dogs are believed to be eaten annually in South Korea, where the practice historically has been fuelled by a belief that it aids virility.

NICOLA SMITH: ‘A South Korean court has ruled against the killing of dogs for meat, in what has been described by animal rights groups as a milestone towards a national ban on serving the animals for human consumption… A city court in Bucheon, a satellite city of the capital, Seoul, has now convicted the owner of a dog farm for killing animals without a proper reason and violating building and hygiene regulations. The ruling imposed a 3 million won (£2,000) fine…

The complaint had been initially brought against the farmer by animal rights group, Care… The precedent “paved the way for outlawing dog meat consumption entirely,” she added, revealing that Care intends to file complaints against “many more” dog farmers… An estimated one million dogs are believed to be eaten annually in South Korea, where the practice historically has been fuelled by a belief that it aids virility. Younger Koreans, however, are generally opposed to it, and pressure is building on the government to outlaw the raising of dogs to be killed for food’. SOURCE…

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