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public-private social organization to discuss how to deal with the dog food issue will be launched next month. After conducting a fact-finding survey and collecting opinions, it was decided to come up with an agreement by April next year.

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controversy over dog meat consumption began in earnest during the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Although it has been pointed out that eating dog meat is illegal under the Food Sanitation Act, even the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, the main ministry, has been adhering to the position that the pros and cons are sharp, and that social discussions should be preceded.

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The government has decided to create a public-private social forum to discuss dog food next month and come up with a social consensus by April next year.

In addition to surveys on dog breeding farms, slaughterhouses and distributors, public perception surveys are also conducted.

[Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom: As our society's interest in animal rights and animal welfare is growing, there are growing voices saying that it is difficult to view dog meat as an old-fashioned culture of eating.]

The social discussion group consists of about 20 people, including dog meat producers and business owners, as well as civic groups and experts.

Based on the results of the discussion, relevant government departments plan to come up with specific measures.

(Video coverage: Jeong Seong-hwa, video editing: Jo Moo-hwan)