During his campaign in early 2017, Moon Jae-In promised to make South Korea better for both animals and humans alike, though he did not pledge to stop the dog meat trade entirely. Animal rights groups are hopeful nonetheless that it could be on the horizon.
"President Moon Jae-In is very aware of the campaigns around the world to ban the dog meat trade in Korea,” Gina Boehler, director of Korean K9 Rescue, a U.S. organization that rehomes dogs rescued from the meat trade, tells The Dodo. “We believe he will push for change and, in time, it will become illegal to raise dogs for consumption in Korea. He has the power to do it."