A bill to ban the trade and consumption of dog meat in South Korea has been approved by the National Assembly.

According to Yonhap, the bill banning the breeding, slaughtering, distribution and sale of dogs for meat was passed with 208 votes in favor and 2 abstentions.

If the bill becomes law, it is scheduled to take effect in 2027, and violators will be sentenced to a maximum of 2 years in prison or a fine of approximately 23 thousand dollars.

The bill also includes subsidies for people working in the dog meat industry to change jobs.

According to government data, South Korea has about 1150 dog farms, 34 butchers, 219 distributors and about 1600 restaurants selling food made with dog meat.

In a survey conducted in South Korea, more than 90 percent of respondents said they would not consider eating dog meat.