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Customs data in South Korea revealed that the country imported twice the number of cats and dogs this year compared to two years ago, in light of the Corona pandemic.
“The number of cats and dogs that were imported into the country via air carriers is 10,241 in the period from January to August of this year, including 7,961 dogs and 2,280 cats,” Yonhap news agency quoted the Incheon Regional Customs Office as saying. The combined figure is more than twice as high as 5,222 imports shipped to South Korea in the same period in 2019, before the coronavirus outbreak, including 4,165 dogs and 1,057 cats.
While the customs office pointed out that “the increase in imports of dogs and cats is largely due to social distancing measures and the expansion of the work-from-home system amid the pandemic that is making more people stay at home.”
In a related context, it was noted that “more than 6.3 million families kept pets in South Korea as of October, an increase of 470,000 families over the previous year,” according to a separate report issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.