Claiming that they are representative of Western "decadence," North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has issued an order that all pet dogs in the country's capital of Pyongyang be confiscated.
According to sources speaking with a South Korean newspaper, Kim ordered the seizure of the canines in July.
"Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down," sources said.
Despite Kim claiming the move is intended to distance the communist country from the conduct of profligate and debauched Western society, many in the oppressed nation fear that the order has more to do with North Korea's food shortage than cultural purity.
Eating dog meat is not out of the ordinary for Koreans. The New York Post reported in the summer of 2018 that the practice is fairly common, even if it is not celebrated. It is traditionally eaten during the hottest part of the year.
The South Korean sources say dog owners in the North are "cursing Kim Jong Un behind his back" over the order.