Subject: New announcement: Festival in Korea celebrating the slaughter of
dogs for meat bites the dust.
By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy and wires
A South Korean dog meat festival has been cancelled after outrage and
protests from animal rights activists.
The festival had been organised by the Korea Dog Farmers’ Association and
aimed to promote traditional dog meat consumption.
It was to have been held at an open-air market south of Seoul on Friday,
supposedly showcasing various canine delicacies including barbequed dog,
sausages and steamed paws.
The event at the market, well known for selling dogs for meat, would also
have featured products such as cosmetics and spirits with canine
But the organisers have been bombarded with complaints via phone and
vendors are unwilling to rent space to those taking part.
Professor of nutrition at Chung Cheong University, Ann Yong-Geun, is an
adviser to the association. Professor Ann says the festival was aimed at promoting traditional dog meat consumption.
“We couldn’t possibly go on with the plan due to endless phone calls of complaint … now there are few willing to rent us a place for the event,” he said.
Professor Ann says the festival would have displayed video clips and pictures of farms raising dogs under sanitary conditions, contrary to public perceptions.
He says there are about 600 farms raising dogs for meat in South Korea, where their meat has long been eaten and dog soup, or Boshintang, is a summer delicacy.
But growing numbers of Koreans oppose the practice and consider it an international embarrassment.
“This is making our country an international laughing stock and making the whole world mistakenly believe that all South Koreans eat dogs,” Park So-Youn, head of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, said.
“Canines are the animals emotionally closest to humans. You can’t just publicly celebrate killing and eating them.”
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