In the early morning of April 25, former Prosecutor General Yoon Seok Youl officially won the election and will become the 13th President of Korea. However, when he was running for office, the candidate of the People’s Power party caused controversy when he commented on eating dog meat.
Mr. Yoon is known to be an animal lover, he has four dogs and three cats. A year ago, he spoke about the dog meat trade and animal rights issues during a televised debate among his Party’s presidential candidates.
When former four-term congressman Yoo Seong Min, another candidate, asked Mr. Yoon’s opinion on dog meat consumption, Mr. Yoon said, “I personally oppose the consumption of dog meat. But the implementation of relevant government policies will require the consent of the society”.
Mr. Yoo further asked, “Considering that there are about 15 million pet owners in the country, this is a very sensitive topic. It can be made a personal choice when the issue of dog meat consumption is linked. closely with n.mistreatment of animals?”
Mr. Yoon replied: “Eating dog meat is not an issue of animal abuse because dogs for meat are raised in a different environment from pet dogs.” After that, he failed to give a clear answer to Mr. Yoo’s question about whether to categorize dogs raised for meat from human companion dogs.
Food columnist Hwang Kyo Ik criticized Mr. Yoon for distinguishing the dogs at the camp from those kept as pets. He said this was like “discriminating people on the basis of race”.