Kim Jong-Un, North Korea’s Supreme Leader, has ordered confiscation of pet dogs in the country,as a measure to curb food shortages.
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Reports say citizens who own pet dogs are afraid that their animals will be forcefully taken from them.
This comes after Jong-Un announced in July that owning a pet is now against the law, and declared that pet dogs are a symbol of capitalist decadence.
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“Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down”, a source told South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper.
“Some of the dogs are sent to state-run zoos or sold to dog meat restaurants,” the source added.
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The publication reports that pet owners are “cursing Kim Jong-un behind his back”, but there is little they can do, since refusal to comply will attract grave consequences.
A recent United Nations report stated that about 60 percent of the country’s 25.5 million population are facing “widespread food shortages”, worsened by international sanctions imposed on the regime for its nuclear missile programmes.
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Dog meat has long been considered a delicacy on the Korean Peninsula, although the tradition of eating dogs is gradually fading out in South Korea.
However, it is stated that an estimated 1 million dogs are reared on farms to be consumed every year in South Korea.