Published: Sun, June 24, 2018

Killing dogs for meat ruled illegal by South Korean court

Killing dogs for meat ruled illegal by South Korean court

But the recent landmark ruling will pave the way for outlawing dog meat consumption altogether as the slaughter of dogs signifies "killing of dogs without reasonable cause", according to the ruling.

Still, lawmakers have hesitated to outright ban the practice and have instead acted with weaker regulatory laws, such as hygiene regulations or measures that ban cruel slaughter methods, the outlet said.

The ruling was made by Bucheon City court on Thursday, in a case brought by the animal rights group Care against a dog farm operator.

The man was convicted and fined 3 million won (US $2,700) for killing animals without proper reasons and violating building and hygiene regulations.

Based on recent surveys, there are about 17,000 dog farms in South Korea.

South Korea isn't the only country that has faced heat over its consumption of dog meat.

But the ruling doesn't outlaw dog meat consumption in a country where about one-million canines are eaten each year, according to The Guardian.

Members of CARE held a press conference in front of the Seoul High Court where they announced they had filed similar legal complaints against dog merchants in other district courts, only to see their efforts fall short.

China's annual Yulin dog meat festival, which is now taking place, attracts global outrage each year.

The meat has always been a part of South Korean cuisine, with about 1 million dogs believed to be eaten annually, but consumption has declined and the practice is now something of a taboo among younger generations amid increased pressure from activists.

CARE hopes that the historic decision will soon lead to a national ban on dog meat consumption.

"This is outrageous. We can't accept the ruling that killing of dogs for dog meat consumption amounts to killing animals on a whim", Cho Hwan-ro, a representative from an association of dog farms, said on YTN television.

The 10-day event, dubbed the lychee and dog meat festival by residents, has become a lightning rod for dog lovers, who every year confront those who buy, sell and eat canines.

"Dogs for eating and dogs as pets must be separated", he said, adding they were different breeds, fed differently and raised for different purposes.

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