Dog meat lovers barking mad as festival cancelled by animal activists
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Dog meat lovers in Korea will be disappointed that lovers of actual, live, pooches complained and got their dog meat festival cancelled. The Korea Dog Farmers' Association had scheduled the festival aimed at promoting traditional dog meat consumption. But after a series of complaints and protests from animal rights activists they called it off. "We couldn't possibly go on with the plan due to endless phone calls of complaint... now there are few willing to rent us a place for the event," said Ann Yong-Geun, an adviser to the association. The event was to be held in a traditional open-air market in the city of Seongnam and was going to showcase canine delicacies such as barbecued dog, sausages and steamed paws. "This is making our country an international laughing stock, and making the whole world mistakenly believe that all South Koreans eat dogs," said Park So-Youn, head of Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth. The group led online campaigns against the festival "Canines are the animals emotionally closest to humans. You can't just publicly celebrate killing and eating them," Park said.