Target: The Socialist Republic of Vietnam’s Ambassador to the United States, Nguyen Quoc Cuong
Goal: Ban the violent pig festival at Nem Thuong village
At Nem Thuong, a village near Hanoi, an annual pig slaughter is meant to guarantee attendees of the ceremony good luck and prosperity. While a pig slaughter alone is brutal enough, the method used at Nem Thuong is exceptionally violent. The still conscious pig is dragged into the center of the festival and surrounded by a circle of thousands of people. Then, the animal—still alive and conscious—is cut in half with a sword until it finally dies.
After the pig’s death, the festival-goers line up to rub their banknotes in the blood of the slaughtered pig. The practices is derived from a legend—once a Vietnamese leader entered the land and killed many pigs and so successfully fed all of his troops. The blood-smeared banknotes are believed to garner luck, wealth, vitality, and a successful harvest.
The practice has been denounced by many in Vietnam and internationally, and some have called on the government to stop it. Such a small event has received relatively little global attention, however. It is time to demand the end of this heartless practice.
Dear Ambassador Nguyen Quoc Cuong,
While the pig slaughtering festival held at Nem Thuong village is an important part of many people’s lives and traditions, it is too vicious to be allowed to continue. The practice of cutting a live pig in half is offensive to the global community and needs to be banned and replaced with something that does not foster violence and cruelty.
Recently, the festival has received international attention, and its brutality is being condemned by millions of people from all over the world. It is time to respond to this negative feedback, and ban this brutal celebration. While tradition is important, nothing is more important than the rights and safety of living creatures, animal and human alike. I urge you to think of the values this tradition fosters, and the way it reflects upon your country. Consider banning the inhumane festival, and help lead the global movement towards greater animal rights.
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Photo Credit: The Pig Father via Flickr