The popular amongst tourists province of Siĕm Réab in Cambodia has just banned the trade and slaughter of dogs for meat, recognizing that these animals are loyal, able to protect property, and even serve in the army. This is the first place with such a ban in Cambodia, where it is estimated that 3 million dogs are being killed for meat every year.
The province of Siĕm Réab, where the new law was introduced, is considered a region where killing dogs for meat is still a common procedure. This region is a center of trade and smuggling of dog meat. If you break the new rules it may result in prison for 2 to 5 years or a high fine. As the provincial authorities emphasize, killing dogs is not allowed, because they are loyal animals, capable of protecting homes, farms, and assisting the army. The dog meat tradesmen were the first to be informed about the introduction of the new laws. Those who do not stop their activities will have to face severe punishments.
The new law in Cambodia is another important step towards banning the consumption of dog meat. In April, Shenzhen became the first Chinese city to ban cats and dogs. And recently the ban on the trade and consumption of dog meat was introduced in the Indian state of Nagaland.