North Korean propaganda channels have been marketing dog meat as a superfood, saying it improves stamina and can be used as a medicine.
And if that wasn’t messed up enough, they’ve also been claiming that the flavour can be improved if the dogs are beaten to death.
Dog stew, known in Korean as dangogi, is a popular dish in both the North and the South of Korea as many of us well know. But I don’t think anywhere has gone to the extremes of claiming that puppies should be brutally beaten before they are eaten.
Local TV channels such as DPRK Today have recently made claims that dog flesh has more vitamins than beef, chicken and pork. And radio channel Tongil Voice said:
There’s an old saying that even a slice of dangogi can be good medicine during the dog days.
It shows our people’s love for dangogi and that dangogi is the finest of all medicines, especially during the dog days when the weather is scorching.
Brutal stuff. I mean yeah, there is the whole argument that we shouldn’t discriminate and if we’re going to eat meat, then we shouldn’t have a go at people who eat dogs. But the whole beating them to death bit seems a tad far, don’t you think?
To read more on this topic, check out our standpoint on the Chinese Dog Meat Festival.