Hoi An is first locality to commit not to eat dog and cat meat
Hoi An ancient town on December 10 held an online signing ceremony with the FOUR PAWS organization on its commitment to eliminate the use of dog and cat meat.
The agreement takes effect in December and lasts for two years.
Vice Chairman of Hoi An City People's Committee Nguyen The Hung signed an agreement with FOUR PAWS on a commitment to eliminate the use of dog and cat meat.
Vice Chairman of Hoi An City People's Committee Nguyen The Hung said the signing of this agreement is in line with Hoi An's orientation of building and developing an ecological, cultural and tourism city.
“Animal welfare is an important factor for both domestic and foreign tourists, especially as pets are increasingly considered family members in Vietnam. As a tourist city, Hoi An wishes to promote animal rights through eradicating rabies, gradually eliminating the dog and cat meat trade and turning the city into a top tourist destination,” said Hung.
Julie Sanders of FOUR PAWS said: “This is an important, groundbreaking moment in Vietnam and in the region. Every year more than 5 million dogs and 1 million cats are trafficked and killed for meat in Vietnam, endangering animal rights and public health. Dogs and cats can be the source of Covid-19 infection. I call for the community to stop eating dog meat.”
Dog and cat meat consumption has always been a controversial topic in Việt Nam. Traditional food or appalling cruelty?
Hanoi’s authorities have called on its residents to refrain from eating dog and cat meat in order to promote a “civilized” image for the capital city.