To celebrate my impending arrival in Seoul, a controversial topic prompted by a chance conversation with a work colleague in Hong Kong, where four men were recently jailed for slaughtering two dogs for food. The Letter from China blog helpfully provides extracts from the relevant Hong Kong law banning the practice:
Dogs and Cats Regulations (Chapter 167A), the Laws of Hong Kong
Regulation 22(1):- No person shall slaughter any dog or cat for use as food whether for mankind or otherwise.
Regulation 23:- Any person who contravenes regulation 22(1) or (2) shall be liable to a fine of $5000 and to imprisonment for 6 months.
Further background coverage is provided at EastSouthWestNorth.
Another link on canine cuisine, unrelated to the Hong Kong story, is here, which shows that Korea is not the only country where the meat is enjoyed. The site links to a United Press International story in which Denmark’s Prince Henrik suggests particular methods of preparation.
Readers will recall that the issue was much in the press in the run-up to the 2002 World Cup, and can be expected to be raised again for the Beijing Olympics by campaigners both within China and without (for example, Switzerland).
Meanwhile, north of the border, the lucky few may soon be supplementing their diet with giant German rabbits.
The only problem is that such huge rabbits consume vast quantities of food themselves as they grow,
comments the Times, from where this fine photo is taken.
Update 5 April 2007
- Kim Jong Il ate my rabbits for his birthday – follow-up article in the Times