It is thought that only the rich and elite people in the country can afford dogs. The new order has caused resentment among them but they are just helpless.
The country of North Korea has lately been in the news for something a lot of people around the world might consider cruel and outrageous. According to Sky News, North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un has ordered pet owners to give up their pet dogs, allegedly so that they can be turned into meat for restaurants.
Allegedly, the move is aimed at meeting the discontent among the public due to the economic crisis. The government hopes to fight the rising food shortage with the new order.
People in North Korea are reportedly being forced to give up their pet dogs so they can be used as dog meat for restaurants https://t.co/alocUzzZ8v— SkyNews (@SkyNews) August 17, 2020
This news is could be disheartening for the elite of the country. They are the ones who are thought to own pet dogs while other ordinary people usually have pigs and other livestock.
These furry animals are seen as a "symbol of capitalist decadence" by the authorities and the latest move by Kim Jong Un is seen as a way for the country to resist the clutches of capitalism.
“In Pyongyang, the dog owners are fearful that given North Korea’s food shortage — and propensity for eating dog meat — the directive has only come about to feed the masses.”— mark thompson (@MarkTLive) August 18, 2020
"Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down," said a source to South Korean media, according to Daily News. It added, "Some of the dogs are sent to state-run zoos or sold to dog meat restaurants," according to NZ Herald.
Imagine being forced to hand over your beloved dog to be sold at restaurants because there is a shortage of meat! This is happening in North Korea right now and my heart breaks for every one of those poor dogs and their owners 😢🐕💔#EndTheDogMeatTrade pic.twitter.com/RohRCHNiQa— President Ted (@VoteForTed2020) August 17, 2020
The report also stated that owning a pet for companionship is seen as a sign of privilege and luxury.
Kim in North Korea is ordering all pets dogs to be handed over so they may be slaughtered for meat! With no one threatening him he has made it apparent how important his nukes are to him! He's giving new meaning to man's best friend! Can't make this up!!— Norman Christenson (@NormanC43960250) August 17, 2020
Moreover, many are displeased that some North Koreans can afford dogs. This has caused some anger among the common folks especially due to the food shortage. The present food crisis is said to be due to the flooding of rice fields after it was hit by heavy rains as well as the pandemic.
"Ordinary people raise pigs and livestock on their porches, but high-ranking officials and the wealthy own pet dogs, which stoked some resentment," said a source, according to NZ Herald.
Meanwhile, the order has caused bitterness among pet owners. They are reportedly "cursing Kim Jong-un behind his back." However, they are helpless and can do very little except to wait for the ruler to change his heart.
Prior to the order, Kim Jong Un issued a ban on pet ownership in July. He denounced the practice referring it to as "a tainted trend by bourgeois ideology".
According to the NZ Herald, dog meat is a delicacy in the Korean Peninsula and a spicy soup made from dog meat called “Dangogi" is very popular. Besides the meat is believed to provide energy and stamina during the hot summer season.
As per Daily Mail, about 1 million dogs are reared for consumption every year in South Korea. However, this tradition of consuming dog meat is gradually reducing in South Korea.