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Korea AR charities welcome crackdown on cruelty

Animal rights charities have welcomed a legal crackdown on animal cruelty, but say the revised laws must go further to end the practice.

People harming animals in Korea may face up to one year in jail or a maximum fine of 10 million won ($9,400) from next year. Currently, the heaviest penalty is a fine of 5 million won.

The Korean Animal Welfare Association welcomed a string of revisions to the animal welfare laws as they included stipulations making it harder for large retailers to sell pets indiscriminately to careless owners.

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