Food

South Koreans Consider Classifying Dogs as Livestock

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The dog meat industry in South Korean has apparently long occupied a kind of gray area, in which dog is sold for human consumption, but is not subject to the same regulations as, say, the beef industry. This means not only that the quality of dog meat is not guaranteed (there has been a spate of related food poisoning), but also that the dogs are often beaten or otherwise tortured to death, as it’s believed they release “heat” when killed this way, which is said to aid sexual performance. If dogs are brought into the legal definition of livestock, that cruel practice would likely become illegal.

[The Guardian via Sam Sifton’s Twitter]