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Kim Yong Un (North Korea): Eat more dog meat

hondenvlees op tentoonstelling. foto: Newfocus

Kim Yong Un, only seen als a true leader in his own country, has managed to get in the international headlines yet again. This time because he – obviously along with all Korean state controlled media – pleas in favour of eating dog meat. The Korean Times has reported this. Whilst the number of people eating dog meat is slowly decreasing, it is the “glorious leader” himself calling the population to eat more dog. Dog is supposed to be a good medicine and benefit health – especially in the summer.

The state media among which Korean Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS) organized  culinary games in the capital Pyongyang in which participants made various dishes amongst which also stew containing dog as main ingredient. “Dog is part of our fantastic traditions and habits” claims the station, and now it is supposed to contribute to a better lifestyle in the socialistic state. A country in which the largest part of the population suffers from famine and poverty. Korean Central Television recently broadcasted commercials for a recently opened dog meat restaurant in the capital. 6th August there was a radio broadcast about it  by TongUn Voice (Korean, translation can be done by Google).

Referring to an encyclopedic text about medication written during the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) DPRK Today, the propaganda channel on Youtube that is owned by the Korean government, announced in June dog meat has more vitamins the chicken, pork, beef and duck and is healthy for stomach and intestines. This documentary by the way is nowhere to be found – at least not for non-Korean speakers.

The channel also claimed dogs should be beaten to death and skin and coat should be removed before slaughtering to improve the taste. This way of slaughtering is controversial in South-Korea and has led to protests of animal activists inside and outside the country. The South Korean archery Ki Bo Bae was criticized massively after her telling she achieved better results after eating the traditional dog stew.

Posts about Kim Yong Un promoting dog meat are not new; in March 2015 Newfocus published an article about the glorious leader opening a dog meat restaurant. According to that article dog meat is far too expensive for the average North Korean, visiting these types of restaurants is for officials only. Dog meat is particularly rare because most dogs are smuggled to China before consumption.

It might well be possible North Korea  is yet again trying to provoke the West since animal activists are massively standing up against dog meat festivals in Yulin as well as in South Korea. It is only 18 months since Kim Yong Un was said to be in favour of opening a dog meat restaurant in Scotland to allow the Scots to taste the “culinary feats” of his country. Kim is especially fond of the whisky from that area, something the common people never are able to get a taste of. Yong Un also is quite fond of Emmentahl cheese.

The Korean government does have 130 restaurants outside the country, all named “Pyongyang”. For a short period of time they also had one in Amsterdam Osdorp. That one only was open for a short period of time. The Osdorp restaurant didn’t sell dogmeat.

It might well be possible North Korea  is yet again trying to provoke the West since animal activists are massively standing up against dog meat festivals in Yulin as well as in South Korea. It is only 18 months since Kim Yong Un was said to be in favour of opening a dog meat restaurant in Scotland to allow the Scots to taste the “culinary feats” of his country. Kim is especially fond of the whisky from that area, something the common people never are able to get a taste of. Yong Un also is quite fond of Emmentahl cheese.

The Korean government does have 130 restaurants outside the country, all named “Pyongyang”. For a short period of time they also had one in Amsterdam Osdorp. That one only was open for a short period of time. The Osdorp restaurant didn’t sell dogmeat.

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