Olympic crackdown fails to banish dog meat from menus

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GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Dog meat restaurants are cooking up their traditional specialties despite government pressure and financial incentives aimed at curbing sales during the PyeongChang Olympics.

Consuming dog is largely unpopular in modern South Korea and has become increasingly taboo. But “bosingtang” — literally “invigorating stew” made with dog meat — still appears on some menus.

But the South Korean government has long known that eating dog is frowned upon by many foreigners. Before the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the government restricted the sale of dog meat in parts of the city.

Preparing for an influx of overseas visitors for the Winter Games, officials last year offered restaurants 2 million won (around $1,850) to remove any mention of dog meat from their signs and to stop serving it.

“The government doesn’t want tourists to be offended by it,” PyeongChang County official Lee Yong Jae told NBC News.


A menu featuring dog meat at a restaurant in South Korea.