Bryn Thomson
· News : KR

Restaurants near the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Stadium caught serving dog meat

The brutal trade is giving "a bad impression" to visitors during the Games.

Twelve restaurants near to the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang are offering dog meat dishes to customers  — despite the South Korean government demanding it be taken off the menu during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.

Local authorities have apparently offered subsidies to the restaurants in exchange for not serving dog meat soup, but only two of the 12 restaurants have agreed to the deal. The remaining 10 have carried on trading in dog meat.

The restaurants have also been asked to switch signs advertising dog meat for those of more 'acceptable' foods such as pork and lamb meat.

Lee Yong-bae, a government official of Pyeongchang County, said:

"We've faced a lot of complaints from restaurant operators that we are threatening their livelihood.

Some of them initially shifted to selling pork or things instead of dog meat only to find their sales plunging sharply. They then switched back to dog meat."

Lee said the dog meat was giving "a bad impression to foreigners" during the Games.