DOG meat protesters chowed down on barbecued pooches to troll animal cruelty activists including model Kim Basinger in South Korea today.
At least 20 stood by the activists eating the dark meat and kimchi with chop sticks while calling for the legalisation of eating the pooches.
Dozens of activists rallied near the National Assembly in Seoul, including the 65-year-old model, on day one of the three “dog meat days” in the country.
Under a traditional calendar, today is believed to be the first of the three hottest days in South Korea.
Many believe they need to eat dog meat or chicken soup in order to get the strength to beat the heat.
Some older people believe dog meat enhances sexual stamina.
Protesters put mock dog carcasses on a table to illustrate their determination to end the cruel practice.
Ms Basinger, while holding one of the carcasses, said: “They do not need your tears, they need your help.
“We have to end this cruelty on this planet. We have to help anything suffering.”
‘END THIS CRUELTY’
Protester held placards that read “How Many Millions Have to Die Before Dog Meat Ends?”
Farmers who raise dogs to be sold be to restaurants brought the steamed meat and ate it with kimchi and washed it down with Fanta just metres away.
Last year, a court in South Korea ruled against a farmer who kills dogs for food.
The owner of a dog farm in Bucheon, near Seoul, was convicted of violating building and hygiene laws, as well as “killing animals without a legitimate reason”.
He was fined around £2,000 in a landmark victory for animals rights campaigners, who are trying to stop the consumption of dog meat across the world.
Currently, dog meat is neither legal nor explicitly banned in South Korea.
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However, dog meat restaurants are a dying business as younger people don’t find eating the animal as an attractive dining option.
Dogs are growing in popularity as pets and a survey last year showed about 80 per cent of South Koreans had not eaten dog meat in the previous year.
People still oppose outlawing dog meat because they believe it is the country bending to Western pressure.
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