Vietnam and dog meat eating

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Officially, Vietnam is an atheist state.[1]

China and North Korea are atheist states and have a dog meat trade in their countries (see also: Atheists and dog meat eating).

Many Vietnamese believe eating dog/canine meat increases stamina.[2]

In 2014, the South China Morning Post declared:

In Vietnam, an estimated five million canines - many of them stolen pets - are slaughtered and served in restaurants each year...

Minh is one of more than 40 dog traders in Son Dong, which lies 160km south of the capital, in Thanh Hoa province. It is the epicentre of Vietnam's massive dog-meat industry, which devours an estimated five million animals a year. For thousands of dogs, the village's miserable, unwashed pens represent the penultimate stop on a long and tortuous road to death.

Here, the terrified animals are kept for days. They have rice forcibly pumped into their stomachs - some suffocate in the process - to increase their weight before they are stuffed back in cages and trucked to restaurants and slaughterhouses, and sold for about HK$24 a kilogram.

When they arrive at a restaurant, each dog is beaten on the head with a metal bar and then has its throat cut before being put, often still conscious, into a barrel of boiling water. Finally, it is skinned in a revolving drum.[3]

According to the Huffington Post:

Vietnam’s dog meat industry is a dark one, rife with cruelty and illegality as hundreds of dogs are snatched from streets or family gardens by roving bands of dog thieves. At a restaurant you might not be eating your own companion, but chances are you’re eating someone else’s.[4]

In 2018, The Independent declared:

Officials in Vietnam's capital are urging residents to avoid eating dog meat, as part of a move to eradicate rabies.

Hanoi's vice mayor Nguyen Van Suu also said that slaughtering dogs and cats for their meat was disturbing to foreigners and would "negatively impact the image of a civilized and modern capital."

His message was published on the city's website.

Suu also instructed local governments to raise awareness of the risk of rabies when consuming dog and cat meat.

His move is part of an effort to stamp out rabies in Vietnam by 2021. The move is a contentious one as many Vietnamese believe that eating dog meat increases stamina and the dish is thought of as a delicacy.

There are 493,000 dogs and cats in Hanoi, of which 10% are raised for commercial purposes, including for their meat.[5]

Atheists and dog eating

See also: Atheists and dog meat eating

Officially, Vietnam is an atheist state (see also: Atheist state).[6]

China and North Korea are atheist states and have a dog meat trade in their countries (see also: Atheists and dog meat eating).

See also

References

  1. Jan Dodd, Mark Lewis, Ron Emmons. The Rough Guide to Vietnam, Vol. 4, 2003. p. 509: "After 1975, the Marxist-Leninist government of reunified Vietnam declared the state atheist while theoretically allowing people the right to practice their religion under the constitution."
  2. Vietnam capital Hanoi tells citizens to stop eating dog meat due to rabies risk by Zamira Rahim, The Independent, 12 September 2018
  3. For the love of dog, South China Morning Post, 2015
  4. Animal Welfare Debate Is Alive and Well in Vietnam. Huffington Post, 2015
  5. Vietnam capital Hanoi tells citizens to stop eating dog meat due to rabies risk by Zamira Rahim, The Independent, 12 September 2018
  6. Jan Dodd, Mark Lewis, Ron Emmons. The Rough Guide to Vietnam, Vol. 4, 2003. p. 509: "After 1975, the Marxist-Leninist government of reunified Vietnam declared the state atheist while theoretically allowing people the right to practice their religion under the constitution."