South Korea aims to ban eating dog meat and put an end to the controversy over the ancient custom amid growing awareness of animal protections.
Why it matters
The proposed ban reflects a significant shift in South Korean attitudes towards animal rights and cultural traditions.
What the papers say
The Independent reports that the ruling People Power Party aims to introduce a bill to ban dog meat consumption by 2027, while Al Jazeera highlights the bipartisan support for the bill and the three-year grace period for businesses to transition out of the trade.
How we got here
The controversy over dog meat consumption in South Korea has been ongoing, with increasing opposition from the younger generation and criticism from overseas for its cruelty.
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