Thousands and thousands of cats and dogs are butchered throughout Southeast Asia yearly, however animal welfare teams have been laborious at work attempting to cease the barbaric dog and cat meat commerce. And teams like Four Paws are making progress at each flip.
In 2019, 4 Paws, a global group working to avoid wasting animals from cruelty, started an investigation into the cat and dog meat commerce in Vietnam. Research showed that 5 million animals, 1 million of these being cats, are slaughtered for what is taken into account a profitable enterprise. Canine meat can promote for $7 – $11 a kilo. Cat meat is much dearer at upwards of $13 per kilo because it’s thought of a delicacy in Vietnam.
“Yearly tens of millions of dogs and cats – each wholesome and sick, owned and stray – are violently captured from the streets in Vietnam, crammed into tiny cages and transported unchecked throughout the nation, with journeys usually lasting days,” reviews Dr. Katherine Polak, veterinarian and Head of 4 Paws Stray Animal Care in Southeast Asia.
Not solely are these practices merciless, however in addition they create disturbingly flagrant well being violations which might result in the outbreak of illnesses in a position to unfold between people and animals. Situations of Rabies and Cholera have already been reported.
“If Vietnam is actually severe about defending public well being and fulfilling its dedication to finish rabies within the nation, the federal government should lastly put a cease to the dog and cat meat commerce, Dr. Polak says.”
Onerous Work and Altering Attitudes
4 Paws, working with the Change for Animals Foundation, Hanoi Pet Rescue, Paws for Compassion, and Vietnam Cat Welfare, has scored a victory in opposition to this cruelty commerce with the closure of a prolific cat meat restaurant and slaughterhouse in Thai Binh, the “so-called cat meat capital.”
The restaurant boasted serving over 240 cat meat meals each month. However not way back, “the homeowners, a Vietnamese couple, expressed their desperation to get out of the commerce as a result of a want to not kill animals,” in response to 4 Paws.
The teams rescued 20 cats and 5 dogs from the slaughterhouse. Sadly, one cat died after rescue, however the different 19 have been housed at 4 Paws’ bear sanctuary in Vietnam. As soon as sturdy and wholesome, the cats and dogs might be adopted out to loving houses the place they received’t face such horror ever once more.
As for the restaurant, 4 Paws has helped the homeowners convert their enterprise to a second-hand bike store with their settlement to by no means take part within the cat and dog meat commerce once more.
The Combat Continues
In January 2020, Vietnamese legal guidelines defending cats from slaughter and consumption had been repealed whereas dog safety legal guidelines stood. Consequently, cat meat is in excessive demand. When stray sources can’t meet the demand, these merciless butchers will steal household cats and dogs. Such actions can’t stand and due to teams like 4 Paws and different welfare coalitions like DMFI (Canine Meat Free Indonesia) and ACPA (Asia Canine Safety Alliance) issues are altering.
“By training and cooperation with the accountable authorities and tourism associations, the goal is to induce governments to introduce and implement laws banning the dog and cat meat commerce to guard each animals and public well being,” explains Dr. Karanvir Kukreja, veterinarian and undertaking supervisor of 4 Paws worldwide marketing campaign.
“This closure demonstrates that instances are altering in Vietnam, with increasingly more pet homeowners and younger folks in Vietnam talking out in opposition to the commerce, and even the homeowners of eating places themselves not eager to be concerned in it.”
What You Can Do
Already, a million folks, together with 200,000 Vietnamese residents, have signed a petition calling for an finish to the merciless dog and cat meat commerce. However the animals nonetheless need assistance and you may assist give it to them. Click here to sign the petition aimed to cease the slaughter!