The slaughter of canines has officially been banned in South Korea’s largest dog meat market, starting as early as next week.

Thanks to an agreement between the Seongnam City Government and the vendors’ association of Moran Market, all 22 of the market’s dog meat vendors will be required to remove slaughter facilities and dog cages. The market, which is responsible for a large percentage of the country’s canine meat, will put a significant dent in the product’s trade.

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“Starting off with the removal of slaughtering facilities and cages in the market, we will ultimately stop the dog meat trade in Moran Market,” Seongnam city official Kang Won-gu told The Korea Herald.

The vendors will receive financial support from the city until they have the resources to pursue other jobs and careers as part of the districts efforts to reform the market.

This announcement has been a long time coming since the vendor’s association has been receiving constant pressure from animal rights activists over the unusual cruelty.

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