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North Koreans 'forced to hand over pet dogs to be sold to restaurants' for meat

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 17/08/2020 Kit Heren
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North Koreans have been forced to give away their pet dogs to be sold for meat, with their country's food supplies running short, according to reports.

Kim Jong-Un, the isolated country's leader, banned pet ownership in July, branding the practice a symbol of "decadence" and "a 'tainted' trend by bourgeois ideology," South Korean paper The ChosunIlbo reported.

The pets are being sold to zoos or to restaurants for meat, an anonymous source told the paper. Floods and Covid-19 have exacerbated North Korea's already-dire economic situation.

"Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down," the source said.

a close up of Kim Jong-un: Kim Jong-un speaks during the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) meeting (AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Evening Standard Kim Jong-un speaks during the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) meeting (AFP via Getty Images)

Pets were long banned in North Korea because the country's leadership considered them decadent, but attitudes relaxed after the country hosted a global festival of students in 1989.


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North Korean elites reportedly began keeping dogs as a symbol of their favoured status after the festival.

"Ordinary people raise pigs and livestock on their porches, but high-ranking officials and the wealthy own pet dogs, which stoked some resentment," the source added.

a man and a woman standing on a sidewalk: People walking in the street in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital (AP) © Provided by Evening Standard People walking in the street in Pyongyang, North Korea's capital (AP)

North Korea has recently refused offers of international aid despite thousands of people being displaced from their homes by the severe recent floods, citing fears that aid workers could bring coronavirus.

The country has already been hit hard by UN economic sanctions because of its nuclear weapons programme, and its trade with China has also been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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