As Virus Rages and Food Shortages Begin, Pet Dogs Rounded Up by Government

While 2020 might not yet be the hellish, dystopian nightmare fuel that we make it out to be in memes and tweets, it certainly isn’t a pretty place to be.  And it certainly isn’t getting any cheerier.

Here in the United States, we have some fairly specific issues to worry about:  A presidential election that could tear the nation apart, the continued threat of COVID-19, and the threat of there being no college football this fall.

But in other parts of the world, things are getting downright desperate.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has ordered pet dogs to be confiscated in the country’s capital, saying the pooches represent Western “decadence’’ — but their owners fear Fido is really headed for someone’s dinner table.

Kim issued the directive in July to round up the pets, claiming they were part of “a ‘tainted’ trend by bourgeouis ideology,’’ a source told the English edition of Chosun Ilbo, a South Korean newspaper.

“Ordinary people raise pigs and livestock on their porches, but high-ranking officials and the wealthy own pet dogs, which stoked some resentment’’ among the lower classes, the source said.

“Authorities have identified households with pet dogs and are forcing them to give them up or forcefully confiscating them and putting them down.’’

And while the nation says that this is purely for the purpose of decreasing the opulence of the people, there is little doubt among those in the know that Shitzu soup will soon be on the menu.