North Korea launched a clampdown on pet ownership among elites in the country capital and is now reportedly confiscating pet dogs from households to be slaughtered for meat in restaurants, as food shortage batter the struggling country.
The report comes shortly after North Korea, under the authoritarian regime of dictator Kim Jong-un, launched a clampdown on pet ownership, slamming the act as a symbol of Western decadence and that forfeiting it is protecting the country of ‘capitalist decadence,’ South Korean newspaper The Chosunilbo reported.
While it is not unheaded of about the country’s disdain for basic human rights, nonetheless, snatching pets from households for meat supply in restaurants sound ferocious.
The North Korean regime back in June started the notion that having a pet dog is “a ‘tainted’ trend by bourgeois ideology,” and put a ban on the same.
According to the report, Jong-un’s people have even identified households with pet dogs, and are pressuring them to hand over the furry babies, or else they are confiscated or euthanized, sources told The Chosunilbo.
“Some of the dogs are sent to state-run zoos or sold to dog meat restaurants” it added.
The move by the N. Korean public body is being seen as a blanket to shroud the nation’s food shortages, behind claims of protecting national values.
In North Korea, other meats like beef and pork are an almost unheard luxury to most of the common population.
Pissed-off behind the back
Pet owner’s in the country’s capital Pyongyang are being reportedly cursing dictator Kim Jong-un ‘behind the back,’ but all without any results, thanks to the cut-throat control of Jong-un’s regimen.
A recent UN report states, more than half of North Korea’s 25.5 million population faces food shortage issues, which has been further exaggerated by international sanctions on the regime over nuclear missile programs.
The majority of common-folk in the country live a terrible life under fear of violence from the government body and basic human rights remain absent from broad daylight. Animal rights are even scarce.
Dogs are a staple in the menus of North Korea, with dedicated food corners in the capital selling dog meat ‘delicacies.’ N.Koreans consider dog meat as a versatile energy booster in draining summers and heat generators in freezing winters.
The Daily Mail noted dog meat is a delicacy in the Korean peninsula as well, but the tradition is gradually fading in South Korea. Irrespective of the fall, an estimated 1 million dogs are raised in South Korean farms for human consumptions.
Kim’s sudden show of nationalism targeted to man’s best friends comes within two years after he presented a pair of hunting dogs to the South Korean president as a friendly gesture.
Back in 1989, after North Korea hosted the World Festival of Youth and Students, attitudes to pet dog ownership apparently became welcoming. At one point, elites even started to flaunt expensive lapdogs, and dogs showed up on some soap operas.
Twin blow of pandemic and already impoverished economy
Battered by the pandmeic, North Korea is amid a huge crisis of food, thanks to the nation’s already impoverished state and totalitarian regime, wherein even as late as 2020, 60% live below the poverty level.
For most of this year, North Korea maintained it has not recorded a single COVID-19 virus, while millions were infected in almost all the countries of the world.
In July, the nation enacted a state of emergency after a person allegedly trespassed the borders from the South illegally carrying the virus, state media reported. An aggressive virus-controlling agenda was put in place.
At that time, expert analysts opined the sudden report of one COVID-19 victim and the declaration of emergency was a passive way of urging international help.
Just recently, North Korea lifted lockdown from a major city that shares borders with South Korea, state media reported on Friday.
But Jong-un maintained the borders will continue to remain closed and his country will not accept any international help for coronavirus, according to a media report.