theo South China Morning Post, The decision to enact the Kim Keon-hee Bill to ban the trade and consumption of dog meat in South Korea has become the center of controversy within the ruling People’s Power Party (PPP), with some members arguing that it is sycophantic. .
Mr. Park Dae-chul, a PPP lawmaker who supported the Kim Keon-hee bill, said that although there are internal conflicts, because of the party’s stance on the issue, it will not affect efforts to pass the law. This will not change.
“It’s time to stop eating dog meat” – Mr Park wrote on Facebook.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and First Lady Kim Keon-hee at an event. Ms Kim is the one who said she would fight to end dog meat consumption in this country – Photo: EPA-EFE
Mr Park also expressed optimism about the bill’s passage with the support of opposition members and pledged to follow parliamentary procedure and review the bill carefully.
It is said that the controversy within the PPP party is mainly related to the naming of the bill, which some see as flattery of the President’s wife whereas the bill was born out of a long-term joint effort of animal protection organizations.
Meanwhile, many outside opinions criticized the determination of Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s administration to ban dog meat.
The Kim Keon-hee bill is named after South Korea’s first lady, an outspoken animal rights advocate who promised to end the controversial “dog meat culture” during the tenure of the current government.
Ms Kim Keon-hee has faced opposition from a group representing dog meat farm owners, who accused her of engaging in political activities beyond her authority and usurping “people’s right to food and drink”. Was accused of trying.
Her husband – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol – previously said that eating dog meat was a matter of personal choice, but later changed his stance and attempted to ban dog meat eating during the year’s election campaign. Promised to do.