Rallies erupt on 'dog meat day' in South Korea

American actress Kim Basinger, center, holds a model of a slaughtered dog during a rally to oppose eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly i

American actress Kim Basinger, center, holds a model of a slaughtered dog during a rally to oppose eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly i

Members of the Last Chance for Animals hold models of slaughtered dogs during a rally to oppose eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly in S

Members of the Last Chance for Animals hold models of slaughtered dogs during a rally to oppose eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly in S

American actress Kim Basinger, left, speaks as members of the Last Chance for Animals with models of slaughtered dogs hold a rally to oppose eating do

American actress Kim Basinger, left, speaks as members of the Last Chance for Animals with models of slaughtered dogs hold a rally to oppose eating do

American actress Kim Basinger, left, watches a pet dog during a rally to oppose eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Kore

American actress Kim Basinger, left, watches a pet dog during a rally to oppose eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Kore

American actress Kim Basinger, center, speaks during a rally to oppose eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday

American actress Kim Basinger, center, speaks during a rally to oppose eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday

American actress Kim Basinger, center, speaks during a rally to oppose eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday

American actress Kim Basinger, center, speaks during a rally to oppose eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association stage a rally to support eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, J

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association stage a rally to support eating dog meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, J

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association eat dog meat during a rally to support eating the meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Ko

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association eat dog meat during a rally to support eating the meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Ko

A member of the Korean Dog Meat Association eats dog meat during a rally to support eating the meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South

A member of the Korean Dog Meat Association eats dog meat during a rally to support eating the meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association eat dog meat during a rally to support eating the meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Ko

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association eat dog meat during a rally to support eating the meat in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Ko

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of people opposing dog meat consumption, including American actress Kim Basinger, have rallied in Seoul to mark a "dog meat day" in South Korea.

About 20 others stood on the opposite side calling for a legalization of dog meat. There are no reports of violence.

Under a traditional belief, Friday is the first of three hottest days in South Korea. Many South Koreans believe eating dog meat or chicken soups on those three days gives them strength to beat the heat.

Basinger says, "We have to end this cruelty on this planet."

Dog meat is neither legal nor explicitly banned in South Korea. Dog meat restaurants are a dwindling business in South Korea in recent years.