- North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is cracking down on pet dogs in Pyongyang, according to local reports.
- South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo quoted an anonymous source who said Kim criticized pet ownership as “a trend” marred “by bourgeois ideology.”
- The source described the “resentment” among the lower classes over raising pigs and cattle, while the country’s officials and the more affluent population own dogs.
- The animals are dropped off, sent to zoos or sold to restaurants where dog meat is eaten, the source said, according to Chosun Ilbo.
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Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, is cracking down on pet possession in the capital Pyongyang, local reports said.
Describing it as Western “decadence” and “a trend” contaminated “by bourgeois ideology,” Kim ordered the confiscation of the dogs in July, an anonymous source told South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo.
“Ordinary people keep pigs and cattle on their porches, but high officials and wealthy own pet dogs, which has stoked some resentment,” the source said.
According to Chosun Ilbo, the source added that “the authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to abandon them or forcibly confiscate and shoot them.”
The dogs are also sent to zoos or sold to restaurants where dog meat is eaten, the source told Chosun Ilbo, noting that the pet owners “curse Kim Jong Un behind his back.”
The move comes as the supposedly secret country recovers from a food shortage and flooding.
Meanwhile, its leaders are sticking to the national narrative that they have not been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened nearly 22 million people and killed at least 775,000 people worldwide. He claimed to have had one case in July – a North Korean defector who fled to South Korea and then returned to swim after being investigated for a sexual assault. However, experts doubt the hermit kingdom has remained free from the disease, especially amid South Korean media reporting that nearly 200 soldiers have died from the coronavirus while several thousand more have been quarantined. to stop the spread of infection.