Does North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un Encourage North Koreans To Eat Dog Meat?

First Posted: Aug 19, 2016 06:32 AM EDT

North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un has been recommending starving North Koreans to consume dog meat, a "superfood" that will boost their stamina and has more vitamins than chicken, beef and pork.  The Communist leader also said that the best flavors of the meat will come out when it is beaten to death.

Amidst the hunger and poverty the country is facing, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is encouraging his countrymen to eat dog meat, calling it as a traditional "stamina food." The Sun reported that DPRK Today, a North Korean YouTube propaganda channel announced a claim that the meat contains more vitamins than other animal meat. It also said that dog meat is good for the stomach and the intestines.

According to The Korean Times, there aren't a lot of South Koreans who eat dog meat these days, but the same cannot be said about their neighboring country. North Korea is promoting dog meat as a "stamina food" and would be best eaten during the summer. The report also said that since late June, there have been countless North Korean media outlets producing multiple stories about the health benefits of eating dishes made with dog meat.

"There's an old saying that even a slice of dangogi can be good medicine during the dog days," it said. North Korea calls dog meat "dangogi," which literally means sweet meat. "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."

Mail Online also reported that the propaganda channel suggested that in order to enhance the flavors, the pup must be beaten to death first, and stripped of its fur before scorching. South Korean animal activists have protested countless times about this method of butchery. A radio network in North Korea help a competition in Pyongyang a month ago where contestants had to make dishes using dog meat. "The contest showed a part of our excellent traditions and customs," the KCBS proclaimed. "It also took place in a timely manner considering we've been improving our living and culinary culture in line with our goal of building a highly-civilized socialist state."

Meanwhile, a report in the Korean Central Television (KCTV) recently featured a dog meat restaurant in North Korea's capital city, Pyongyang. It reopened and said the restaurant has been "successful in making dog meat more unique."

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