The organizer of a recent campaign against dog meat trade has submitted a petition to Vietnam's National Assembly, asking legislators to include animal protection provisions in their discussion of a veterinary bill next month.
The Asia Canine Protection Alliance's petition requested the new legislation to ensure that all animals must be adequately provided with food, water, accommodation and health services, local media reported.
Animals in sport tournaments or entertainment shows should also be protected from fears and injuries, the petition demanded.
All slaughterhouses must use humane methods, which will be regulated by the agricultural ministry, to kill animals for meat, it said.
The petition is the next step following the campaign “Ve di Vang oi” launched last month to collect one million signatures in support of a ban on the trade in dog meat.
The campaign has so far received 430,000 signatures, which the alliance says is an important base for it to submit the petition to Vietnam's legislative body.
Many well-known artists and celebrities in the country have joined the campaign.
According to ACPA, 5 million dogs are slaughtered for food in Vietnam every year, and many of them are stolen family pets.
They are packed tightly into cages and transported for days. Many dogs die of suffocation, dehydration or heatstroke. The final destinations for the dogs are the slaughterhouses, markets and dog meat restaurants where they are brutally killed, the group said.