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North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un Ordered To Confiscate All Pet Dogs

Mayukh Bari21 August 2020 9:18PM IST
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It was originally believed the first domesticated wolves appeared around 15,000 years ago in the Middle East. Modern day domesticated dogs originated in China and the other Middle East countries including Eastern Europe. But the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un begs to differ.

According to Kim Jong-un, keeping dog as pet is influence of western culture. He has ordered all dogs to be rounded up and permanently confiscated from their owners. These dogs will end up in the state-run zoos or sold to dog meat restaurants. Pet owners are cursing Kim Jong-un behind his back. But there is little they can do, according to country's ChosunIlbo newspaper.

Pet ownership was long considered Western decadence, but attitudes seem to have relaxed after the North hosted the World Festival of Youth and Students in 1989, and the Pyongyang elite started flaunting expensive lapdogs as status symbols.

Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down. One defector said these clampdowns are usually enforced without great enthusiasm but seem to be more severe this time. He added,

Ordinary people raise pigs and livestock on their porches, but high-ranking officials and the wealthy own pet dogs, which stoked some resentment.

There is no evidence of such activity as of now. Even if they start to do so, it's almost impossible to get any evidence from North Korea due to their information firewall.

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