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NKorea's Food Shortage Tragedy Hasn't Gone Away

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NKorean trucks loaded with sacks of maize wait for clearance at the Chinese border to cross the Tumen River into the city of Namyang in North Korea. Red Cross officials recently said that food supplies in the North Korean cuntryside have completely run out and farmers are surviving on grass and bark and that all grains were out of stock. (Anu Nousiainen/AFP via Getty Images)

By Friday, 02 October 2020 05:04 PM Current | Bio | Archive

North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, comparatively recently, has cracked down on pet ownership in the capital city of Pyongyang, according to unnamed sources who spoke with South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. Kim reportedly condemned the practice of keeping dogs as pets as a Western "decadence" and "a 'tainted' trend by bourgeois ideology."

And instead of being kept as pets, Kim has ordered some of them to be destined for the dinner table.

"Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down," reported the South Korean newspaper, according to Fox News. 

But the communist government has gone far beyond merely banning pet ownership.

Some of the confiscated dogs were shipped off to the Korea Central Zoo in Pyongyang and other zoos — while others are being sent to restaurants to be eaten, Chosun Ilbo reported.

Westerners (and even other Asians) shocked at the prospect of turning beloved pets into food have now been exposed to the vast cultural differences between their societies and North Korea.

The New York Post recently reported in August that dog meat is a popular food in North Korea, and a recent food shortage has made it more sought after as an eating option. The Post cited reports that North Korean dog owners are "cursing Kim Jong Un behind his back," but there is nothing they can do to prevent their pets from being confiscated.

What we should do as a nation is step up and help the North Koreans with their food shortage.

That would be the humanitarian thing to do.

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