New Delhi: In all over the world, pet dogs are considered a part of the family, but in North Korea, the controversial leader Kim Jong Un says something else.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) which is commonly known as North Korea recently put a ban on pet ownership in late July, reported a leading news agency from the country.
According to media reports, people in North Korea are being forced to give up their pet dogs after the recent ban so that their meat can be used in restaurants amid food shortages in the country due to coronavirus pandemic outbreak and lockdowns.
The move by DPRK’s leader Kim Jong Un is being believed to be aimed at pleasing the rising discontent among the public due to food shortages and worsening economic conditions in North Korea.
In North Korea, pet dogs are generally owned by the elite and wealthy residing in Pyongyang and is seen as a symbol of capitalist “decadence” while the poor class have pigs and several other livestock.
“Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down,” say media reports.
Some of the pet dogs taken away from their owners are being sent to state-run zoos while the others are being sold to dog meat restaurants.