“We've faced a lot of complaints from restaurant operators that we are threatening their livelihood,” he added. Only two of the 12 dog meat restaurants in Pyeongchang have stopped serving the meat.
The move to hide the industry from tourists visiting for the games was met with explosive protest from animal advocates — including Gina Boehler, founder of Korean K9 Rescue, a group dedicated to saving dogs from the country’s meat farms.
“The dog meat restaurants are not closed — but the government would like you to think they are,” Boehler told The Dodo. “In general, there is apathy towards farming dogs for consumption in Korea. Many [officials] don’t take it seriously.”