When dog meat farmers marched in South Korea’s capital on Friday, demanding better legal recognitions for their industry, they were met by animal rights activist counter-protesters.

The farmers, who brought live dogs in cages with signs that read, “These are dogs for human consumption, not pets,” want the South Korean government to include dogs in their list of livestock animals that can be processed for food. Because farming, butchering and eating dogs is not specifically illegal in South Korea, the industry has been described as existing in a “legal gray area.”

Dog meat, which has long been a part of Korean cuisine, has waned in popularity in recent years. Dog meat farmers say that millions of people depend on the industry for their livelihoods.

[PRO-DOG MEAT RALLY] An association of Korean dog meat vendors is staging a protest and marching toward Cheong Wa Dae in central Seoul on Friday, calling on the government to legalize the dog meat trade. Related article: http://koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170922000785

Posted by The Korea Herald on Thursday, September 21, 2017