Kim Jong-un ‘orders pet dogs be killed for restaurant meat because they’re a symbol of Western decadence’ – The Sun

KIM Jong-un has ordered pet dogs to be confiscated so their meat can be sent to restaurants, according to reports.

The move by the North Korean leader is thought to be a aimed at dealing with food shortages and also because he believes pooches represent Western "decadence".

A source told the English edition of Chosun Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper, that Kim believes dogs are “a ‘tainted’ trend by bourgeouis ideology".

Dog meat is popular in parts of China and on the Korean Peninsula, although consumption is on the decline in South Korea.

A source quoted by Chosun Ilbo said some of the dogs are being sent to restaurants.

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

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

Some dog owners have even expressed concerns about the motives behind the order, which was issued last month.

They have been “cursing Kim Jong-un behind his back,” the source said, but admitted their hands are tied.

In 2018, it was reported that consumption of dog had increased in North Korea during the summer heat.

Last week, Kim said he would refuse outside aid to help North Korea deal with the coronavirus.

Pet ownership used to be viewed as western decadence by the North Korean authorities, the Chosun Ilbo reported.

But attitudes appear to have relaxed when the North hosted the World Festival of Youth and Students in 1989.

After that, the Pyongyang elite started flaunting expensive dogs as status symbols.

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