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In the tourist province of Cambodia banned the trade in dog meat

Cambodian province, popular with tourists, forbidden to sell and kill dogs for meat, reports the Bangkok Post.

Siem reap, the birthplace of the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, was the first region in Cambodia, where issued such a ban. According to experts, the country annually slaughtered three million dogs.

According to the group for the protection of animals FOUR PAWS, in Siem reap province, which is visited by over two million tourists a year, was one of the most extensive in Cambodia, the markets of dog meat.

Director of the provincial Department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries Thea Kimok said that the demand was due to the tourists. "Dog meat has become much more popular after the mass arrival of foreigners, especially visitors from South Korea," she said.

Katherine Polak, the head of the service for the care of stray animals FOUR PAWS in South-East Asia, said the ban of historical and reflecting the public mood.

"We hope that reap will serve as a model for the rest of the country," she said.