Opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics begin on Friday, and there has already been a fair share of controversy surrounding the events. In an odd turn of events, it’s been reported South Korea vendors are refusing to stop serving canine meat in their dishes to tourists and Olympic attendees. Online reports state several vendors are ignoring government urgings to pull dog meat from their menus. The meat, they state, is a delicacy and should be offered in heightened numbers.
2018 Olympics. Unless you’ve been completely oblivious to the outside world in recent weeks, you no doubt know the 2018 Winter Olympics are about to kick off in South Korea. The official cold weather games are set to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and locals are insistent upon keeping its culture intact.
Government Request. According to online reports, the South Korean government has requested all of the food vendors in the area please refrain from serving dog meat on their menus. For the most part, vendors in the area are choosing to ignore the government request.
Delicacy. As disturbing as it is to the western world, canine meat is considered quite a delicacy in the South Korean neighborhoods. It is said to possess certain “powers” which can be infused by consuming the dog meat. Because of this, locals are refusing to pull it from their kitchen shelves.
Annual Consumption. “South Koreans are believed to consume about one million dogs a year a summertime delicacy. The greasy red meat is boiled for tenderness and is believed to increase energy and health,” the DM reports. These facts haven’t exactly sat well with spectators in the area.
Boycotting. News sources online state several animal rights activists have spoken out against their cruelty to the animals. In fact, several are calling for a complete boycott of the Olympics altogether based on the refusal to stop the inhumane practices.
12 Local Restaurants. The local government asked the surrounding area restaurants to refrain from serving the canine meat during the Olympics. It’s reported there are 12 restaurants in the area immediately adjacent to the center of the games, and all 12 have refused to stop serving their signature dish.
Subsidies Offered. After receiving a wall of opposition for the request, government officials turned to a new tactic: money. The government offered restaurant owners a small subsidy in order to entice them to refrain from cooking with dog meat. Of the 12, only 2 agreed at that point.
Threatening Livelihood. The restaurant owners who are standing firm on their refusal, have stated excluding the main menu item from their available delicacies would drastically reduce their business. “We’ve faced a lot of complaints from restaurant operators that we are threatening their livelihood,” said government official Lee Yong-bae.
Plunging Sales. The article states some of the restaurants did initially agree to swap out the meat. There were a few locations which swapped the dog meat for pork, and found their customers were not pleased by the switch. The negative reaction caused restaurant owners to panic.
Making the Switch. “Some of them initially shifted to selling pork or things instead of dog meat only to find their sales plunging sharply. They then switched back to dog meat,” the article states. Most of them claim the dog meat is what keeps them in business and they refuse to be rid of their breadwinner.
The Ideal. According to reports in the DM, the government officials were hoping to be able to have a solid grip on the Olympics this year. Instead, they’ve been met with only chaos. “Signs advertising dog meat dishes such as boshintang (health-boosting soup), yeongyangtang (nutrient soup) or sacheoltang (year-round soup), have been replaced with more neutral ones to avoid giving a bad impression to foreigners’ during the Games,” Yong-bae spoke of the situation.
Detestable. The consumption of dog meat is considered a “detestable” action in Seoul, but it’s not an enforced belief. Koreans are free to consume the dog meat as they choose, despite its inhumane nature and against the wishes of their local government.
Non-Conformists. “South Korean authorities sporadically try to persuade restaurants to change their menus or drop signs suggestive of dog meat during major international events hosted by the country,” the article states. Their efforts have gone on unsuccessful as those who serve the so-called “delicacy” state they will continue to do so.
Dogs As Pets. There has been movement recently, showing a shift in the way Korean’s view dogs in general. The perceived image of a dog in years past has been that of “livestock.” “The tradition has declined as the nation increasingly embraces the idea of dogs as pets instead of livestock,” the DM reports.
Continuing to Offer. Buyers beware, the local restaurants have officially refused to pull the animal from pantry shelves. No word on whether or not the Korean government will impose more formal regulations regarding serving canine meat during the official Olympic games.
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