There’s a storm brewing in Vietnam whether or not to regulate the dog and cat meat trade. If not properly processed parasites from dog or cat meat can penetrate a human’s liver, lungs, eyes and brain, and can cause death to the person. The dog and cat meat trade is a blight on Vietnam’s society. International tourists reel in horror when they see anything related to it. It destroys their vacation in Vietnam and fills them with pain and helplessness. If Vietnam legalizes dog or cat meat it’s tourist trade will be damaged because international tourists hate the trade!
There are no dog or cat farms in Vietnam so most dog or cats in the meat trade are stolen by thieves who supply butchers and slaughterhouses. Dogs are electrocuted, darted with toxic poisons and almost all of them have parasites. HCMC medical profession have issued rabies warnings to people who eat dog or cat meat. The Food Safety Management Board of Ho Chi Minh City have issued a warning against eating dog or cat meat because eating it can kill you.
Two siblings recently died in Quang Ninh after eating dog meat. Escalating numbers of food poisoning cases after eating dog or cat meat are causing alarm across Ho Chi Minh City’s medical profession. Eating dog or cat meat is not safe.
I remember when this issue was tackled back in 2016. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stipulated slaughter control and veterinary hygiene inspection for animals slaughtered for human consumption. However, dogs and cat are not listed as animals on the list, such as cattle or pigs.
In other words, dog and cat butchers don’t answer to anyone.
If dogs and cats are listed under slaughter control and quarantine, the inclusion will move the trade into a regulated industry which will be even more difficult to shut down! The argument for regulation says it ensures the health and safety of human consumers. They say it supports their “right to freedom of eating.”
But Vietnamese people are no longer starved of protein. They have abundant food choices readily available. Dogs and cats are companion animals. How many pet owners have to have their loved pets stolen before their government will listen to their people’s voice? Vietnamese animal lovers want animal protection laws and the dog and cat meat trade to be shut down.
Vietnam’s dog and cat meat trade is mostly run by criminal elements of society. Its an industry which trades in cruelty, pain and horror. Pet owners trying to defend their loved pets from being stolen by vicious dog thieves have been maimed and even murdered.
Fight Dog Meat respectfully urges the government of Vietnam to bring in animal protection laws and end the dog and cat meat trade. To legalize the trade would bring a storm of horror from people worldwide. Tourism to Vietnam would be adversely affected because of the intense dislike for everything connected to the cruel dog and cat meat trade.
Vietnam has an opportunity to be a world leader in shutting down its dog and cat meat trade. Vietnam’s own medical profession are calling for it to be ended. Vietnamese animal lovers are begging for animal protection laws and for the trade to end.
Vietnam it is time to listen to the voice of your own people!
Bring in animal protection laws and end the dog and cat meat trade.
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Fight Dog Meat.
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