(ANSA-AFP) – SEUL, SEPTEMBER 27 – South Korean President Moon Jae-ha today opened to the possibility of imposing a ban on the consumption of dog meat in the country, a custom that for South Korea has become a source of embarrassment on the international scene. His cabinet revealed it. Dog meat has long been a staple in South Korean cuisine, with estimates of up to one million animals eaten each year. However, its consumption has long since declined, as South Koreans view dogs more as pets than as food. The practice has thus become taboo among the younger generations and the pressure of animal rights activists has increased. “Isn’t it time to consider, with caution, the possibility of banning the consumption of dog meat?” Moon told Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum during their weekly meeting, a spokesman for the presidency said. The recommendation was made during a presentation of the plan to improve the abandoned animal care system, the spokesperson said. The pet industry is growing in South Korea, with more and more families living with a dog in the house, starting with the head of state. Moon has never hidden her love of dogs and has several at her presidential residence, including one she adopted after taking office. Adoption of Tory was one of his campaign promises, and he became the first dog snatched from a food destiny to enter the Blue House, the presidential palace. The animal welfare law in South Korea primarily aims to ban the cruel slaughter of cats and dogs, but does not prohibit their consumption. (ANSA-AFP).