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South Korea proposes ban of dog meat as consumption dwindles

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President of South Korea Moon Jae-in has raised intentions to ban the consumption of dog meat within his nation

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The President of South Korea has raised banning the eating of dogs in the country as the traditional practice becomes an “international embarrassment.”

The dog meat industry, which has long been heavily criticised by western nations, slaughters one million dogs a year in South Korea.

Though most Koreans have never eaten the type of meat, pressure is mounting on the country’s government to impose bans.

Rescue of 10 dogs at market outside Yulin, China, June 2020

Demand for dog meat in Korea has dwindled in recent years

Speaking during a meeting with the prime minister of South Korea, Mr Moon questioned whether it was time to “prudently consider” a ban.

It is the first time that the president, a known dog lover, has raised the prospect of a total ban.

Moon made the comments as he was briefed on new measures to protect abandoned animals in the country.

There is already a law in place banning the cruel slaughter of dogs and cats, but consumption itself is not banned.

However, in recent years, people have turned away from eating dog meat, particularly amid a growing trend to keep the animals as pets.

As a result, three of the country’s largest dog meat markets have closed down.

A poll conducted in 2020 by Nielsen for Humane Society International discovered that 84% of people in South Korea have never eaten dog meat or say they do not want to consume it in the future.

That survey also found that 59% of South Koreans support banning dog meat.

Animal rights groups have welcomed the news having long-called for a ban.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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