Hundreds of South Korean Buddhists have offered prayers for nearly 2 million cows, pigs and other animals slaughtered in the country's worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
More than 300 monks and believers gathered Wednesday to hold the rite at Jogye Temple. The temple is the headquarters of South Korea's largest Buddhist sect.
The Ministry of Public Administration and Security says more than 1.93 million animals have been killed since November, when the outbreak was reported.
The disease is often fatal for cloven-hoofed animals but does not affect humans.