Well-known artists and celebrities in Vietnam have joined a campaign to call for an end to the theft, trade, slaughter, and consumption of dogs in Vietnam.
Launched by the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA), the campaign also aims to urge legislators to include animal protection provisions while discussing the veterinary bill at a session next month.
At the launch of the campaign, named “Ve di Vang oi” (Come back, Vang [popular name for dogs in Vietnam]!), many celebrities said they were shocked when watching a video of dogs being transported and slaughtered.
“May I ask if anyone here has a dog or cat in your family? And any family considers that dog or cat a family member?” said actress Chi Pu.
“And what do you feel if someday they go out and never return?” she said.
In another video clip, the celebrities call for viewers to sign a petition published on the website www.baovecho.org to urge the government to issue regulations related to animal welfare. The campaign aims to collect over 1 million signatures.
According to ACPA, 5 million dogs are slaughtered for food in Vietnam every year, 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.
“I bet you didn’t know the huge scale of the dog meat industry and the incredible pain and suffering these dogs endure. Now I know and you know. It has to be condemned and we have to stop it!” the celebrities said in the video.
According to ACPA, the Vietnamese government, alongside those of Laos, Cambodia and Thailand, agreed to a moratorium on the trade in dogs destined for human consumption following meetings hosted by ACPA in Hanoi and Bangkok in 2013 and 2014.
The government in Vietnam recognized the serious risk posed to human health by the dog meat trade and asked ACPA to assist with rabies control and elimination programs, the organization said.
Thailand has banned the slaughter and consumption of dogs late last year, after ACPA presented a petition of nearly 1.4 million signatures to the Thai government.