Kim Jong Un orders the wealthy to hand over their pet dogs during food shortage

Yvonne O'Halloran

North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un has ordered that pet dogs be confiscated in the capital because the pets represent ‘Western decadence’. Generally in North Korea, the wealthy own domesticated pets while the lower class own livestock.

A source told the English edition of a South Korean newspaper . “Ordinary people raise pigs and livestock on their porches, but high-ranking officials and the wealthy own pet dogs, which stoked some resentment” among lower classes, the source stated.

“Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up of forcefully confiscating them and putting them down. Some of the dogs are sent to state-run zoos or sold to dog meat restaurants”.

While it seems this move is to clamp down on capitalist extravagance in the capital Pyongyang, the dog owners are fearful that their pets will become someones dinner due to the current food shortage and the countries propensity for eating dog meat.

Chosun Ilbo reported that North Koreans are unhappy with Kim’s clampdown on pet dogs. The source said that pet owners are “cursing Kim Jong Un behind his back” but have no recourse. If North Koreans refuse to give up their dogs, it could be construed as an act of defiance and met with serious punishment.

 

 

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