Rallies erupt on 'dog meat day' in South Korea

American actress Kim Basinger, center, holds a mod...

American actress Kim Basinger, center, holds a mod...

Members of the Last Chance for Animals hold models...

Members of the Last Chance for Animals hold models...

American actress Kim Basinger, left, speaks as mem...

American actress Kim Basinger, left, speaks as mem...

American actress Kim Basinger, left, watches a pet...

American actress Kim Basinger, left, watches a pet...

American actress Kim Basinger, center, speaks duri...

American actress Kim Basinger, center, speaks duri...

American actress Kim Basinger, center, speaks duri...

American actress Kim Basinger, center, speaks duri...

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association stage a...

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association stage a...

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association eat dog...

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association eat dog...

A member of the Korean Dog Meat Association eats d...

A member of the Korean Dog Meat Association eats d...

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association eat dog...

Members of the Korean Dog Meat Association eat dog...

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.