South Korea Cracks Down on Restaurants Selling Snake Meat, Soup

by VR Sreeraman on  June 15, 2010 at 3:50 PM Lifestyle News
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South Korea will crack down on restaurants that serve snake soup as a popular summer dish, an official said Tuesday.
 South Korea Cracks Down on Restaurants Selling Snake Meat, Soup
South Korea Cracks Down on Restaurants Selling Snake Meat, Soup

"A nationwide crackdown against restaurants selling snake meat or soup will be carried out between June 16 to July 15," Son Sam-Gi, deputy director of the environment ministry, told AFP.

Poaching or smuggling snakes is illegal and punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year or a maximum fine of five million won (4,090 dollars).

However, the consumption of snake soup soars in the summer because of a widespread belief that the dish is cooling and enhances virility.

"Occasionally, some celebrities and sports players were reported bragging about their consumption of virility-boosting food like snakes, but they should know it's all illegal," a ministry official told Yonhap news agency.

Source: AFP

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