Cambodia has become the first to ban the sale and consumption of dog meat.

The new ban will include punishments of up to five years in prison or fines of between 7 and 50 million riel ($12,200; £7,940).

The decision follows similar moves in other parts of Asia in recent months.

The consumption of dog meat is not widespread in Cambodia, with fewer than 12% of people eating it on a regular basis, according to animal rights charity Four Paws.

According to the Humane Society International (HSI), 30 million dogs are killed for meat across Asia every year.

In April, Shenzhen became the first city in China to ban eating cats and dogs, while India’s north-eastern state of Nagaland outlawed the import, trade and sale of dog meat earlier this month.

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