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Owners of Pet dogs in Pyongyang, North Korea have been ordered to give up their most cherished pets.
The supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Un gave the orders and owners are fearful that their beloved pets are being used to solve the nation’s food shortages.
Earlier in July, Jong-Un said that owning a pet is now against the law and declared that pet dogs are a symbol of capitalist “decadence”.
A source confirmed the story to South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper stating that “Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down”,
“Some of the dogs are sent to state-run zoos or sold to dog meat restaurants,” the source added.
A recent UN report stated that as many as 60 percent of North Korea’s 25.5 million people are facing “widespread food shortages” that have been worsened by international sanctions imposed on the regime for its nuclear missile programs.
The consumption of dog meat has long been considered a delicacy on the Korean Peninsula.
Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported that pet owners are “cursing Kim Jong-un behind his back” but there is little they can do since refusal to comply attracts grave consequences.