It's fun to try all manner of exotic foods, but maybe dog meat shouldn't be one of them—a proposition the president of South Korea is now pleading with his countrymen to consider:
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in raised banning the eating of dogs in the country on Monday, his office said, a traditional practice that is becoming an international embarrassment.
The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine with about one million dogs believed to be eaten annually, but consumption has declined as more people embrace dogs as companions rather than livestock.
The practice is now something of a taboo among younger generations and pressure from animal rights activists has also been mounting.
Yeah look, the whole dogs-are-companions thing is the most obvious play here, but it's also worth pointing out: Dog meat isn't really good, is it? There's a reason that like less than half a dozen countries eat them with any regularity. It's just not good meat!
Beyond that, yeah, it's kinda morally dubious. Dogs are supposed to be Man's Best Friend, not Man's Best Fricassee. And anyway, we probably shouldn't eat dogs when we make it such a point to teach them not to eat our stuff.
Here's to hoping President Moon Jae-in's anti-dog-meat campaign is a successful one!
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