Wednesday 23 October 2019

Dozens protest in Seoul to mark 'dog meat day' in South Korea

South Korean animal rights activists hold banners during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
South Korean animal rights activists hold banners during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
South Korean animal rights activists hold placards during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
US actress Kim Basinger (C) and animal rights activists hold likenesses of dead dogs during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019.(Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
South Korean animal rights activists hold placards during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
Animal rights activists hold placards next to likenesses of dead dogs during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019. - (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
Animal rights activists hold placards next to likenesses of dead dogs during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
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Dozens of people opposed to the consumption of dog meat, including US actress Kim Basinger, have protested in Seoul to mark a "dog meat day" in South Korea.

About 20 others stood on the opposite side of the road calling for the legalisation of dog meat. There were no reports of violence.

Under a traditional belief, Friday is the first of three hottest days in South Korea.

Many South Koreans believe eating dog meat or chicken soups on those three days gives them strength to beat the heat.

South Korean animal rights activists hold placards during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
South Korean animal rights activists hold placards during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

Basinger said: "We have to end this cruelty on this planet."

Dog meat is neither legal nor explicitly banned in South Korea. Dog meat restaurants are a dwindling business in South Korea in recent years.

US actress Kim Basinger (C) and animal rights activists hold likenesses of dead dogs during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019.(Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
US actress Kim Basinger (C) and animal rights activists hold likenesses of dead dogs during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019.(Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
South Korean animal rights activists hold placards during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
South Korean animal rights activists hold placards during a protest against the dog meat trade in front of the National Assembly in Seoul on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

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