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Korean McDonald's Begins Serving Dog Meat Burgers

Rumor: Korean McDonald's locations sell a burger made from dog meat.

Published Mar 5, 2015


Claim: Korean McDonald's locations sell a burger made from dog meat.


Example: [Collected via email, March 2015]

Korean McDonald's Begins Serving Dog Meat Burgers In Restaurants
Due To High Demand

This is on Facebook. Please tell me it isn't true.

Origins: On 1 March 2015, the disreputable web site Racket Report published an article claiming that franchised McDonald's locations in Korea were offering new burgers made from dog meat:

The Bosintang Burger, listed on McDonalds 'Favorites Under 400' menu, is a healthy option according to the Korean franchise — but it has animal activists protesting the new combo meal.

McDonald's unveiled their newest burger just three months before 'Bok-Nal', the time in which Koreans eat the most dog meat.

During 'Bok-Nal', Koreans eat dog meat during the hottest days of summer because they believe it increases their stamina.

As with similar items involving restaurant chains such KFC and Chipotle, the claim quickly spread via social media sites in response to a call to action that urged readers to tweet under the hashtag #notodogmeat — all of which implied that a genuine animal rights campaign had been organized in reponse to the news. However, the article was just another fake news item; the Racket Report's disclaimer notes that the site's content is "for entertainment purposes only" and that "some stories on this website are fictitious":

The Racket Report is a news web publication with news articles, inspired by real news events. The articles and stories may or may not use real names, always a semi real and/or mostly, or substantially, fictitious ways. A few articles are for entertainment purposes only. The purpose of said stories is to entertain and amuse and not to disparage any persons, institutions, in anyway and no malice is intended towards anyone or anything, nor should any be construed from the fictional stories. That means some stories on this website are fictitious.

(We note that the Korean term "bosintang" specifically describes a stew made from dog meat, whereas "Gaegogi" is the term for dog meat in general.)

Last updated: 5 March 2015

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