North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered citizens to give up their pet dogs so that the canines can be converted into meat for restaurants amid a shortage of food supplies during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
North Korea is currently facing a massive shortage of food supplies; to quell discontent among his people, the Supreme Leader has ordered people to hand over their pet dogs. He used class difference as an excuse to justify the move, which has been described as brutal and inhuman.
According to a report by The Mirror, he said that the ordinary people raise livestock and cattle while only the rich and elite have pet dogs. He called having pet dogs a sign of “capitalism” and “bourgeois ideology.”
Dogs in North Korea have always been associated with capitalist notions and the rule banning pet dogs has been implemented on and off since the 1980s.
In 2018, North Korea asked its people to give up their dogs’ fur ahead of the Party Foundation Day (one of North Korea’s biggest and most important holidays). If they refused, they would have to hand over the US $148 worth of rice to the state.
The pandemic had led to “drastic economic hardship” which has been worsened by the 90% fall in trade with China. The United Nations said a few weeks ago that many families in North Korea were starving and that some can only afford one meal a day.
Dog meat is considered to be a delicacy in North Korea.