Whereas not as frequent as earlier than, canine meat is eaten primarily by older folks and is served in some eating places and might be purchased at particular markets.
Moon made the remarks after being briefed by Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum on efforts to enhance the dealing with of deserted animals and a compulsory registration system for canine.
“After the briefing, he mentioned time has come to rigorously take into account imposing a canine meat ban,” Moon’s spokeswoman Park Kyung-mee mentioned in an announcement.
It was the primary time that Moon raised a ban, which is probably going to offer recent momentum to debate over whether or not to curtail the apply.
To spice up their reputation, a number of presidential hopefuls have pledged to ban canine meat in latest weeks, particularly as canine have change into fashionable as pets and advocacy teams have urged South Korea to shut down eating places and markets promoting canine meat.
Lee Jae-myung, governor of the nation’s most populous province of Gyeonggi and a number one presidential contender from Moon’s celebration, has vowed to push for a ban via social consensus.
However Yoon Seok-youl, an opposition frontrunner, has mentioned it was a matter of individuals’s private selection.
A ballot commissioned by animal welfare group Conscious launched this month mentioned 78% of respondents believed the manufacturing and sale of canine and cat meat must be prohibited and 49% supported a consumption ban.
Nevertheless, one other survey by polling agency Realmeter discovered folks have been divided over whether or not the federal government ought to ban consuming canine meat, although 59% supported authorized restrictions on canine slaughter for human consumption.
Canine meat sellers have insisted on the correct to their occupation, saying their livelihoods are in danger.