By: ALEXIS GILLEY
Can people imagine their friendly household pet becoming their next dinner meal? In North Korea, Kim Jong-Un banned owning pets as they are a ‘decadence’ and ‘a tainted trend of bourgeois ideology’. Meaning pets are nothing more than useless, materialistic trends of the middle class. With Kim Jong-Un closing border trade six months earlier with China, North Korea has already seen a decline in economy, health and food. Trade was supposed to open back up but was postponed due to fears of covid-19 spreading.“The coronavirus is spreading again in [China’s] northeastern region, including in Liaoning Province, which borders North Korea,” states an anonymous source.
‘Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down’, another anonymous source tells South Korea news. They state ‘Some of the dogs are sent to state-run zoos or sold to dog meat restaurants’. Many people in Korea fear their dogs will be used to solve the food shortage. With dogs seen as a symbol of economic development to the middle class, the most common pet owner group, it was reported that pet owners are ‘cursing Kim Jong-un behind his back’ but they can’t refuse the newly placed order because it could be understood as an act of defiance to Kim Jong- un, who likes to be referred to as the Supreme Dignity.
With about 1,500 acres of rice fields flooded, 179 housing blocks and 730 single-story homes destroyed due to natural disasters, Covid-19, and closed borders, North Korea is in no shape for a food shortage.