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North Korea bans dog ownership, and rumours run rife as to why

Commentators believe the pets are sold to dog meat restuarants dog-angry
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North Koreans were forced to hand over their dogs after Dictator Kim Jong-un outlawed pet ownership. But this is only a small part of a far more disturbing story.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 19/08/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:26

The North Korean leader banned owning a dog last July, declaring it "a tainted trend of bourgeois ideology."

Owners are furious

According to Choun Ilbo newspaper, authorities then identified houses with pet dogs and confiscated the animals.

Reports suggest dog owners were angered by the decision, with many "cursing Kim Jong-un behind his back.'" But given the authoritarian nature of the North Korean regime, there is little the people could do to resist. So what happened to all these poor pooches? 

North Korea is shrouded in secrecy. But recent events suggest this story is far more disturbing than first thought. A recent spate of natural disasters, combined with international sanctions, have left the country with a severe food shortage. The UN believes that 25.5million North Koreans are now at risk. North Koreans have consumed dog meat for centuries, suggesting that the lastest measures are designed to prevent mass starvation.

"Authorities are confiscating [dogs]," said one source. "[They're] sold to dog meat restaurants."

This information, however, has not been officially confirmed.

The slightest glimmer of hope

Kim Jong-un recently announced that he was using his private grain reserves to feed North Koreans.

Foreign diplomats called the decision an "SOS signal to the Chinese." It means China could soon put together an aid package, easing North Korea's reliance on dog meat and saving millions of people from starvation.