Dog Meat in Korea: A Socio-Legal Challenge

Rakhyun E. Kim

The Australian National University


Animal Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2008

This article explores the dog meat debate in Korea from a socio-legal perspective. It first examines the legal status of dogs and dog meat, and the legal protection for dogs under the old and new legislative frameworks. It then discusses socio-legal challenges to banning dog meat in the Korean context, employing examples of both legal approaches taken by other countries and the politics of dog meat in Korea, specifically. The article argues that the controversy over dog meat must be reframed and dog meat be socially redefined in order to protect dogs, which are currently caught in the conflict over their socio-legal status as companion and livestock animals.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 36

Keywords: animal law, animal protection and welfare, dog meat, korea

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Date posted: January 12, 2009 ; Last revised: June 24, 2012

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Kim, Rakhyun E., Dog Meat in Korea: A Socio-Legal Challenge (2008). Animal Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1325574 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1325574

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The Australian National University ( email )
Canberra, ACT
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