South Korea is forming a task team to prohibit the consumption of dog meat.

South Korea to launch task force to investigate banning dog meat consumption. Seven government departments, including agriculture ministry, to form committee to help implement recommendations.

SEOUL (Seattle) — South Korea announced on Thursday that it will launch a task force to investigate banning dog meat consumption, about two months after the country's president promised to investigate a ban on the centuries-old eating diet.In South Korea, restaurants that serve dog meat are losing ground as younger people find it a less appetizing dining option and pets are gaining in popularity.However, according to recent surveys, more people oppose banning dog meat than ever before, even though many people do not consume it.Seven government departments, including the agriculture ministry, said they had decided to form a committee of representatives, civilian experts, and representatives from various agencies to help implement the government's recommendations on possibly prohibiting dog meat consumption.

It would be South Korea's first such initiative, but the government has stated that its implementation does not guarantee dog meat from being sold.Dog farmers and animal rights campaigners responded quickly to the vague tone.Farmers argue that the task forces' announcement is nothing but a formality to shut down their farms and dog meat restaurants, while farmers argue that the government's statement lacks a resolve to ban dog meat consumption.Ju Yeongbong, the secretary general of a dog farmers group, accused the government of violating peoples' freedom to eat what they want and the farmers' rights to live.

The announcement by the government was somewhat disappointing, according to Lee Won Bok, the president of the Korean Association for Animal Protection, because it did not include any concrete plans on how to eliminate dog meat consumption.We are skeptical that the government is able to put an end to dog meat consumption, Lee said.In South Korea, around 1-1.5 million dogs are killed per year for food, down from ten million about 10-20 years ago.According to Jus group, thousands of farmers in South Korea currently breed about 1-2 million dogs for meat.

Lee said that animal rights organisations need a quicker end of the industry.According to Lee, South Korea is the only developed country where people eat dogs, destroying our international reputation.Even if K-pop band BTS and the (Korean drama) Squid Game are ranked No.1 in the world, foreigners are still associate South Korea with dog meat and the Korean War.

During a meeting with his prime minister in September, President Moon Jae-in, a dog enthusiast, asked if it was time to thoroughly consider a dog meat consumption ban, sparking a fresh debate on the topic.In South Korea, dog meat is neither legal nor explicitly forbidden.

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