Target: Carla Brown, Legislation and Policy Director with Change for Animals Foundation
Goal: Thank a group of organizations working to end dog meat consumption in Vietnam
Some Vietnamese people have traditionally viewed dogs as human companions or as good luck charms to ward off evil demons. However even though dogs have an interesting history in the nation’s culture in the present dog meat is nonetheless seen as an essential part of the Vietnamese food experience.
Thousands of dogs are illegally brought in from the country of Thailand every year. The shops in Vietnam started selling dog meat for consumption in the early 90’s and the use of the meat continuously grew throughout the years. Not only is this process of eating dog meat illegal, but it is extremely cruel. The dogs are so tightly crammed in their cages that they can’t even move around during the long trip from Thailand to Vietnam.
To address this appalling and illegal business the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA), made up of a number of smaller organizations that fight for animal welfare, are presently working to end the unregulated trade of dogs for human consumption. They are driven by the fact that eating dog meat poses a huge threat to the health of humans and is a heartless violation of animal welfare. More specifically, the illegal trade raises the risk of contracting rabies and other diseases. Reports show that about one hundred people die from rabies every year in Vietnam. The ACPA’s main strategy is to tackle the illegal dog trade in Vietnam and thereby bring about the ultimate reduction of dog meat consumption in the country.
The consumption of dogs is a cruel, illegal and unsanitary practice. Please thank the ACPA and all of its founding members for combating the consumption of dog meat in Vietnam.
Dear Ms. Brown,
The consumption of dog meat is a normal practice in Vietnam, but it is a practice that needs to be stopped immediately. Thank you for working together with the other members of the ACPA to combat the consumption of dog meat in Vietnam. It is difficult to change the habit of a group of people when the act of eating dog meat is a cultural practice. But justifying it as a cultural practice can no longer be an excuse for this horrendous crime.
Dogs are meant to be human companions, not served on a platter for human consumption. The inhumane conditions dogs are kept in and increased risk of rabies are reason enough to end the practice once and for all. Thank you for doing all that you can to help save the dogs affected by Vietnam’s illegal dog meat trade.
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