With the nuclear arms business going bang out of fashion, the regime of North Korea tyrant Kim Jong-Un has turned its attention to something altogether trendier – superfoods.
You know the sort of thing: avocados, flaxseed, quinoa, some horrible tasteless green leaves that everyone pretends to like dolloped in their salad. And now dog meat.
Yes, that’s right, dog meat. Not to be confused with dog food, of course (which would be preferable), but meat from man’s best friend.
North Korea’s propaganda channels, including YouTube channel DPRK, have been touting dog stew – dangogi, as the dish is known there – as “stamina food”.
And as if the idea of sticking the family pet into a hotpot wasn’t bad enough, they reckon that beating the poor mutt to death and removing its fur and scorching it will improve the flavour.
And when it comes to eating healthy, you really can’t muck about. DPRK claims that dangogi contains more vitamins than chicken, pork, beef, and duck – and is good for the intestines and stomach. As well as them turning them, no doubt.
TV and radio stations KCTV and Tongil Voice have taken the, erm, lead by running stories about a successful dog meat restaurant and describing dangogi it as the “finest medicine”. They said, “There’s an old saying that even a slice of dangogi can be good medicine during the dog days.”
Some critics have voiced concerns that this latest story to come from the country’s bizarre propaganda machine could be a sign that it’s is about to enter another famine, of which there are many – and is encouraging citizens to eat dog meat to counteract serious food shortages.
Dictator Kim Jong-Un – famed for gorging on fine wines and foods while his people survive on care packages – has warned the nation that it may endure another “arduous march”, the name given to the North Korean famine that killed over 2m people between 1994-1998.
Troubling times in the rogue nation.