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South Korean court rules against killing dogs for meat
Dog meat has long been part of South Korean cuisine but younger generations are largely opposed to it. (Stock photo)
Dog farm owner prosecuted in landmark case 

A South Korean court has ruled that the killing of dogs for meat is illegal, in what campaigners are calling a landmark case that could pave the way for a ban on dog meat consumption in the country.

According to media reports, animal rights group Care brought a case against a dog meat farm operator, accusing him of killing dogs without proper reason and violating building and hygiene regulations.

On Thursday (21 June), a city court in Bucheon ruled that meat consumption is not a legal reason to kill dogs. The operator was convicted and fined 3 million won (£2,000).

Care says it plans to track down other dog meat farms and slaughterhouses across South Korea and file similar complaints to the judicial authorities.

Dog meat has long been part of South Korean cuisine and it is estimated that around one million dogs are eaten every year in the country. However, the practice is in decline, particularly among the younger generation who are largely opposed to it.

A lawmaker from the ruling Democratic Party introduced a bill this week that would effectively ban the killing of dogs for meat. 

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Prestigious veterinary awards open for nominations

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 Nominations for the prestigious PetPlan Veterinary Awards 2022 are now open, with five accolades up for grabs including: Practice of the Year; Vet of the Year, Vet Nurse of the Year, Practice Manager of the Year and Practice Support Staff.

Anyone can nominate an outstanding veterinary professional or practice for an award, from colleagues to pet owners, friends and family. Nominations remain anonymous, and Petplan will send everyone who receives a nomination a certificate to display in their practice.

Nominations can be made at petplanvet.co.uk and remain open until Monday 10 January. 

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New online CPD otitis podcast created

A new 15 minute podcast on treating animals with otitis has been created by Dechra Veterinary Products. Featuring general practice vet Carolyn Kyte and veterinary dermatology specialist Natalie Barnard, the two vets will discuss their experiences treating otitis, and why owners are significant in successful treatment.

Dechra Brand Manager Carol Morgan commented: "What Carolyn and Natalie bring to the table with their new podcast for the Dechra Academy is a light and insightful discussion about communication and education being the keystone for better otitis outcomes and how vets can improve on their consultation skills to handle cases better."`

The podcast, called 'Think Differently about Otitis', is available to access for free on the Dechra Academy on-demand learning platform here.