Dak Lak Province in the Central Highlands is giving up a centuries-old buffalo stabbing ritual this year as officials say they do not want spring festivals to send a message of brutality.
Ta Van Hop, a spokesman of Buon Don District, where a festival of ethnic culture will be held next month, said there will be no buffalo stabbing like in previous years.
“Everyone has agreed to get rid of this ritual,” he said, as cited by news website Zing.vn.
The buffalo stabbing ritual is a tradition of the Ba Na ethnic group, who believe that when they sacrifice a buffalo to gods, they will be blessed with good health and bumper crops.
Dak Lak has been organizing the ritual every two years. Animal activists and the public in recent years have suggested that the tradition should be ended.
The equally notorious pig slaughter festival in the northern province of Bac Ninh earlier this month was also toned down, after various recommendations from the authorities and foreign activists in recent years. After a public parade, a pair of pigs was killed in a hidden place, not publicly.