South Korean dog farmers defiantly gobbled down canine meat at a counter-protest to an animal rights demonstration in Seoul on Friday, handing out leaflets touting the health benefits of the divisive delicacy.
The organisers, Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (Care), picked Friday for their protest because July 12 is considered one of the three hottest days of the year according to the traditional Korean calendar.
"I do think that government is going to have to not turn a blind eye and really come up with solutions like this", she added, hoping their efforts would lead to similar legislation in other nations where dog meat is consumed.
Many Koreans believe that eating chicken soup or dog meat on this particular day helps them beat the heat. "We have to help anything suffering, and these dogs and cats are suffering".
Meanwhile, South Korean dog farmers and members of the Korean Dog Meat Association held a pro-dog meat rally.
"We have to end this cruelty on this planet", Basinger told the Irish Examiner.
Humane Society International (HSI), an animal welfare activist group, estimates there are 17,000 remaining dog meat farms in South Korea. "Unite!" and dipping each stringy morsel in spicy sauce, the small but vocal group gathered paces away from a rally against the dog meat trade in front of South Korea's parliament.
Many people still oppose outlawing dog meat because they view it as surrendering to Western pressure. It is mainly eaten by older people as dogs are becoming increasingly popular as pets.
Several dogs that were bred to be eaten but were then rescued from the breeding facilities were brought to the demonstration.