The Supreme leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, has ordered all north Korean citizens to hand over their pet dogs for meat to cushion the effect of food shortage.
Jong-Un latest order comes after he announced in July that owning a pet is now aga.st the law and declared that pet dogs are a symbol of capitalist “decadence”.
“Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down.
“Some of the dogs are sent to state-run zoos or sold to dog meat restaurants, “, a South Korean newspaper, Chosun Ilbo reported.
Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper further reported that pet owners are “cursing Kim Jong-un behind his back” but there is little they can do since refusal to comply attracts grave consequences.
A UN report recently stated that as many as 60 percent of North Korea’s 25.5 million people are facing “widespread food shortages” worsened by international sanctions imposed on the country for its nuclear missile programmes.
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.
It is estimated that about one million dogs are reared on farms to be consumed every year in South Korea.