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For Dogs in South Korea, 'History in the Making'

Production, sales of dog meat banned as of 2027, enraging dog farmers

(Newser) - South Korea's Parliament on Tuesday passed a landmark ban on production and sales of dog meat, as public calls for a prohibition have grown sharply over concerns about animal rights and the country's international image. Some angry dog farmers said they plan to challenge the bill's constitutionality...

South Korea May Side With Dogs Over Tradition

President suggests it's time to prohibit the consumption of dog meat

(Newser) - South Korea's president is a dog guy, and he wants the country to follow suit. Moon Jae-in said Monday the government should consider banning the consumption of dog meat, reports Bloomberg . "Hasn't the time come?" Moon asked during a weekly briefing with Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum, per...

China's New Dog Policy Is a 'Game Changer'
China Pulls a 180
on Its Dog Policy

China Pulls a 180 on Its Dog Policy

Beijing says it's following 'the progress of the times'

(Newser) - Looks like China has a new official dog policy—namely that people can no longer raise and trade them for commercial purposes, People reports. "With the progress of the times, people's civilization ideas and eating habits are constantly changing, and some traditional customs about dogs will also change,...

Dog Slaughterhouse to Be Bulldozed, Turned Into Park

'It was a stain on the city of Seongnam'

(Newser) - Tastes are changing in South Korea, where the country's largest dog slaughterhouse has been shut down. With fewer people eating dog meat and more people keeping dogs as pets, demand has been falling and a growing number of people consider the trade unacceptable, the BBC reports. "This is...

House Bill Cracks Down on Consumption of Cats, Dogs

House of Representatives passes bill outlawing the slaughter of such animals for food

(Newser) - Legislation cracking down on eating cats and dogs passed the House of Representatives Wednesday. The bipartisan bill would outlaw slaughtering, transporting, possessing, buying, selling, or donating the animals or their parts for human consumption, with fines for violations ranging up to $5,000, USA Today reports. Eating animals is rare,...

To Beat the Heat, North Koreans Dine on Dog

Spicy dog soup a favorite based on belief that 'heat cures heat'

(Newser) - In North Korea, summer is not a good time to be a dog. With the country sizzling, North Korea's biggest brewery is pumping out twice as much beer as usual, Pyongyang residents are queuing up to get their "bingsu"—a syrupy treat made with shaved ice—and...

Skier's Post About Dog Meat Farms Causes Uproar

Critics accuse Gus Kenworthy of imposing Western ideals on Eastern countries

(Newser) - Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy and his partner adopted a dog from a dog meat farm during their time in South Korea for the Pyeongchang Games—and the apparently sweet move has stirred quite a bit of controversy, the BBC reports. The US skier posted about the adoption on his...

First Asian Country to Ban Dog, Cat Meat

Taiwan's legislature passes the measure

(Newser) - A big win for animal rights activists—and a bigger win for dogs and cats—in Taiwan. With the legislature's approval of an amendment to the country's Animal Protection Act, Taiwan appears on track to become the first country in Asia to ban the possession, sale, purchase, and...

100 Dogs Saved From Becoming Dinner

Chinese woman forks out $1,100 at infamous Yulin festival

(Newser) - Don't like the thought of dogs being served up with lychees? Neither does Yang Xiaoyun, a 65-year-old Chinese woman who saved 100 canines from being killed and served at a dog-meat festival in southern China, AFP reports. The animal lover paid about $1,100 yesterday for the dogs in...

57 Dogs Saved From S. Korean Dog-Meat Farm

They're going up for adoption in California

(Newser) - More than 50 dogs going up for adoption in San Francisco have an unusual pedigree: All were destined to become dinner before their rescue. Two groups, Humane Society International and the Change for Animals Foundation, removed the 57 animals from a dog-meat farm in South Korea and flew them to...

South Korea's Appetite for Dog Meat Is Fading

Young people just aren't into eating their pets

(Newser) - For centuries, people have been eating dog meat—neither legal nor banned—in South Korea. Some 30 years ago, chef Oh Keum-il even traveled around North and South Korea, tasting everything from dog stew to dog taffy, to learn the craft of cooking dog. Today, however, customers aren't quite...

Man Killed, Cooked, Ate Puppy: Cops
Man Killed, Cooked, Ate Puppy: Cops

Man Killed, Cooked, Ate Puppy: Cops

Cooked ribs on stove, put rest in freezer for later

(Newser) - Warning: Do not read the rest of this story if you've just eaten. A Florida man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after police say he strangled his mother's pitbull puppy to death, then cooked and consumed the remains. According to Tampa cops, Thomas Elliot Huggins, 25,...

Romney Camp: Obama Ate Dog Meat

Conservatives push back on Seamus story

(Newser) - Here come the dog wars: The Romney campaign, apparently sick of fielding questions about Seamus the Irish setter, is drawing attention to a dog-unfriendly incident in President Obama's past. The president said that he was fed dog meat as a child in Indonesia in his autobiography, Dreams From My ...

China Cancels Annual Dog Meat Festival

At least 5K dogs would have been killed, cooked

(Newser) - Puppy lovers, rejoice. Officials in eastern China last week canceled the Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival. If that name makes you a little queasy—well, there's good reason for that. The 600-year-old tradition saw at least 5,000 of dogs slaughtered on the spot, and served up as the...

Chinese Astros Snack on Dog
 Chinese Astros Snack on Dog 

Chinese Astros Snack on Dog

Dogs are heroes, too, charge animal groups

(Newser) - The Chinese space program apparently has been going to the dogs since Fido meat helps the nation's astronauts stay strong, a commander has revealed in a new book. "There's no need to keep it a secret. Actually, we ate quite normal food"—braised chicken, steamed fish and dog,...

Why I Dined on Dog
 Why I Dined on Dog 

Why I Dined on Dog

'I'm not happy I did it, but China shouldn't ban it'

(Newser) - There is no rational reason that eating dog is barbaric while eating pig is, well, pork, insists Roger Cohen. Nor are dogs natural pets over pigs. So it stands to reason that China should cancel plans to fine people for dining on dogs, Cohen writes. "If you eat meat...

China to Ban Eating Dogs, Cats
 China to Ban Eating Dogs, Cats 

China to Ban Eating Dogs, Cats

First animal abuse law will take dogs, cats off the menu

(Newser) - China plans to end thousands of years of culinary tradition by taking dogs and cat meat off its menu. A law being drafted against animal abuse—China's first—calls for the country's thousands of dog butchers and dog meat restaurants to be closed down. Stiff fines will be imposed on...

Were Dogs Domesticated as Dinner?

A look into the origins of the human-canine connection

(Newser) - Today, they’re man’s best friend, but dogs may have originally come to humans as their best bet for dinner. Researchers in Sweden examined the DNA of dogs around the world and found that they all seemed to be of the same lineage, pointing to “a single domestication...

China Takes Dog Off Olympic Menu

Squeamish tourists can rest easy

(Newser) - Beijing is asking restaurants and hotels to remove dog meat from their menus to appease squeamish travelers coming to town for the Olympics and Paralympics, Reuters reports. Beijing’s large Korean population often dines on man’s best friend, and the meat has become popular in Yunnan and Guizhou restaurants...

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