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Dog protection campaign ramps up

Released at: 10:58, 15/04/2015

Dog protection campaign ramps up

Animal protection organizations hope law on dog protection may come soon.

by Son Ho

On April 14 a dog protection campaign entitled “Ve di Vang oi” (Please come back, Vang) was held in Ho Chi Minh City, calling for an end to dog theft, dog slaughter, and the consumption of dog meat in Vietnam.

The first aim of the campaign is to have 1 million signatories to a petition seeking regulations for animal welfare. If the number is achieved the petition will be sent to the government.

About 5 million dogs are slaughtered every year in Vietnam for their meat, including dogs smuggled from neighboring countries and stolen dogs, according to data from the Animals Asia Foundation. They are crammed in tiny cages and transferred through many hands. Many die from starvation or heat, but if they survive they are sent to slaughterhouses or restaurants, where their death can be brutal. Dogs that have died during transport are left in the cages with living dogs until they reach their final destination.

The campaign is being organized by the Asia Canine Protection Association (ACPA), an alliance between the Animals Asia Foundation, the Change for Animals Foundation, the International Humanity Foundation, and the Soi Dog Foundation.

The National Assembly plans to discuss provisions for animal welfare in a draft law on veterinary matters in May. This is an important step towards animal protection in Vietnam and also a good result for organizations that have conducted animal protection campaigns over recent years.

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