North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the confiscation of all dogs in the national capital, Pyongyang, according to reports.
The chief is said to believe the dogs represent Western “decadence”, and therefore issued a directive in July to round up the pets.
A source told the English edition of Chosun Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper, that Kim believes dogs are “a trend ‘contaminated’ by bourgeois ideology.”
The source added: “Ordinary people keep pigs and cattle on their porches, but high officials and wealthy own pet dogs, which has stirred up some resentment (among the lower classes).
“Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to abandon them or forcibly confiscate and kill them.”
The dog owners “cursed Kim Jong Un behind his back,” the source said, but admitted their hands were tied.
Some dog owners have even expressed concerns about the reasons for the order.
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While Kim is voiced that the move is to quell capitalist extravagance in the nation’s capital, some fear the dog roundup is, in fact, a way to deal with a North Korean food shortage.
In 2018, it was reported that dog consumption increased in North Korea during the summer heat.
Kim last week said he would turn down outside help to help North Korea fight the coronavirus.