Following bouts of food poisoning attributed to eating dog meat – whose legal status occupies a sort of no man's territory - the local authority in Seoul has had enough of fudging the legal issues and says it will attempt to bring dogs bred for meat at last under the banner of "livestock".By "get it" I meant that he seems to understand the importance of regulating the raising of dogs for consumption, but it appears he seems to not know the full reason for all the "dithering for decades" about the issue.
It is also urging the central government to do the same across the whole country so South Koreans can rest assured that the meat they eat from canines will be safe and, hopefully, humanely reared and slaughtered. Under the current law, dogs are categorised in the same group as donkeys, rabbits, horses and deer, not as livestock such as cattle and chickens.
Apparently lawmakers have been dithering for decades over the move because of pressure from the dog meat business - more regulation will make dog meat more expensive - and from the animal rights activists, some of whom don't want Fido to be eaten in the first place.
South Koreans for the most part want to be left alone so they can enjoy a regular bowl of ''Mong-Mong Tang'' (literally ''woof-woof stew''). Even the president, Lee Myung-bak, is partial to it, and if dog does become classed as livestock and an existing South Korean law that safeguards the humane treatment of animals is enforced I can't see how anyone can complain. Western cooks regularly shish-kebab Bambi and Lambsy - an absolute affront to the mighty lobby for the cute in east Asia.
This post is linked to as an op-ed piece at the site for the Korea Animal Rights Activists (KARA).