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South Korea Bans Dog Meat, a Now-Unpopular Custom

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South Korea has banned the breeding, slaughter, and sale of dogs for human consumption. The practice, which was more common in the past, has become increasingly unpopular as incomes and concern for animal welfare have risen. A majority of South Koreans, particularly younger generations, oppose eating dog meat. The ban aligns South Korea with other countries that have prohibited the trading of dog meat. The law carries penalties, including fines and imprisonment. Financial incentives will be provided to support dog farmers and restaurant owners in transitioning to other occupations. Animal protection activists have campaigned for this ban for years.