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To: The National Assembly of Viet Nam


We the undersigned, citizens from all nations, including Viet Nam, are writing to express our shock at the industrial scale at which cats are being slaughtered and sold for medicinal use and consumption. 


2023 has been declared the Year of the Cat in Viet Nam, with felines hailed as symbols of protection and good luck. However, we are perplexed to see cats in Viet Nam are unlikely to be afforded that protection in return. 

In February 2023, Viet Nam’s leading online newspaper VnExpress reported that a staggering four tons of cat meat (representing approximately 2,000 dead cats) as well as 480 live cats had been found at a single slaughterhouse in the Mekong Delta’s Dong Thap province. The cats were due to be transported within Viet Nam or exported to China.   


We are deeply concerned that the killing, shipping and selling of cats is legal in Viet Nam with the ‘correct’ authorisation and paperwork. In this instance, the slaughterhouse in Dong Thap was found not to have such authorisation and the meat of the butchered cats will therefore be disposed of; however, the live cats will be able to be transported once the slaughterhouse secures the paperwork to do so. 


Vietnamese representatives of Soi Dog Foundation International investigated further and discovered the situation to be even worse than reported. 


The number of cats on the premises is also thought to run into the many thousands, far beyond the numbers initially reported. Devastatingly, once issued with the relevant paperwork the owners will have full permission to cram these innocent cats into cages and transport them thousands of kilometres to the northern province of Quang Ninh at the border with China to be sold for meat and medicine.  


In addition, diseases such as rabies spread by dogs and cats are still significant human health issues in Viet Nam. The conditions at illegal slaughterhouses and open markets where animals, including thousands of dogs and cats are killed, are totally unhygienic and the perfect places for diseases to be spread. In another words, the risk of transmitting dangerous diseases from these dogs and cats is no less than the risk of transmission from wildlife.  


Soi Dog Foundation International has been working with the Hanoi Department of Animal Health, under the direction of the Hanoi People’s committee to end the consumption of dogs and cats in the Greater Hanoi area. Hanoi wishes to be seen as a modern progressive city such as Singapore and understands the stain that the dog and cat meat industry puts on the city. This is also true of the entire country of Viet Nam. The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam is seen as a rapidly expanding modern country. Allowing wildlife, dogs and cats to be traded, often illegally and with no robust health checks being carried out, will certainly lead to future disease outbreaks and harm the reputation of an otherwise great country.  


There is an opportunity to end the industry on public health grounds alone. The Government would be seen as taking steps to protect its citizens. Soi Dog Foundation International is committed to helping provide training in humane animal population control and provide help in other areas as well.


Dogs and cats have never been recognised as livestock in Viet Nam, which is why there are very few laws governing the capture, transportation and killing of them. Indeed, much social unrest has occurred because so many dogs are stolen from their owners, resulting in violence between thieves and villagers, which is regularly reported throughout the world.  


Please consider outlawing the consumption of dog and cat meat in The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, as well as the trade in wildlife, and send a message to the world, that Viet Nam is doing all in its power to prevent further outbreaks of zoonotic diseases and taking steps forward in ending animal cruelty.  


Yours respectfully,  


Soi Dog Foundation International  

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Add your name to the letter asking Vietnam’s Government to ban the torture and slaughter of dogs and cats for consumption. 


Take action to help save thousands of dogs and cats who’ll be rounded up, crammed into cages, callously butchered for their meat and their coats removed using barbaric 'de-furring' machines.


These innocent animals are not just killed for the dinner plate, they are tortured first. They’re boiled or skinned - often while still alive - because it’s believed the pain makes their meat more tender. 


A recent police raid on a slaughterhouse has revealed the shocking industrial scale of the dog and cat meat trade in Vietnam. 


Your name on a letter to Vietnam’s Government will make a huge difference right now. 


2023 has been declared the Year of the Cat in Vietnam, with felines hailed as symbols of protection and good luck. Shockingly, cats in Vietnam are not afforded that protection in return, and the country is far from a lucky place for them to be.  


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