Kim Basinger leads protests on 'dog meat day' in South Korea

14 July, 2019, 11:56 | Author: Wade Massey
  • South Korean animal rights activists hold banners during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul

About 20 others stood on the opposite side calling for the legalisation of dog meat.

Kim Basinger is in Seoul, South Korea, to protest the annual "dog meat day" and call for an end to the nation's dog-meat industry. There were no reports of violence. Separated by police officers, these protesters ate dog meat as part of Chobok celebrations; a Korean festival celebrating one of the hottest days of the lunar calendar year where dog meat consumption is a tradition.

"Many of the congressmen are based in rural areas where dog farms exist and they are under pressure not to talk about the bill, not to support the bill, not to allow the bill coming on the table", South Korean lawmaker Pyo Chang-won, a leading proponent of the legislation, told CNN.

"They do not need your tears, they need your help", Basinger said of the dogs.

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"We have to end this cruelty on this planet", Basinger told the Irish Examiner. "We have to help anything suffering, and these dogs and cats are suffering". Dog meat restaurants are a dwindling business in South Korea in recent years as pets grow in popularity. "Unite!" and dipping each stringy morsel in spicy sauce, the small but vocal group gathered paces away from a rally against the dog meat trade in front of South Korea's parliament.

But the farmers, who oppose legal measures now tangled up in the courts to make killing pooches for meat illegal, were doggedly stating their case.

"Dear citizens, please eat dog meat - a traditional, delicious delicacy that has been enjoyed by our ancestors for generations - without shame and thereby lead happy and healthy lives". A survey last year indicated that about 80 percent of South Koreans had never eaten dog meat in the past year.

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