This article is the first in a three part series outlining our three-point strategy to improve the lives of dogs in Korea. In this article, I’ll describe our program to raise public awareness, which includes producing an full-length documentary film and a series of behind-the-scenes videos. Awareness and education, both in Korea and abroad, are key first steps to realizing permanent change for Korean dogs.
Each year over two million dogs are slaughtered in Korea. Hundreds of restaurants throughout the country specialize in serving dog meat. The consumption of dogs in Korea dates back centuries, and the issue is more complex than it appears on the surface. For politicians, the dog meat issue is a political third rail. This article provides an overview of the culture and politics of the Korean dog meat industry.