Regulations on the trade and processing of dog meat have been awaiting government action for over a year, according to a Ho Chi Minh City animal health official. In the meantime, the popular food item continues to pose grave public health risks. "We are not encouraging dog meat consumption but we need regulations to ensure food safety for the current situation [dog meat demand]," Phan Xuan Thao, head of HCMC Animal Health Agency, told Thanh Nien Weekly on July 19. A survey conducted last year by Thao's agency identified around 175 restaurants and eateries in HCMC that served dog meat daily. At that time, the agency found up to 350 dogs were being slaughtered per day to meet city demand. Early last year, the city's Animal Health Agency produced draft regulations that would require strict inspections of dog processing - from the farming to the slaughtering of the animals. According to Thao, the regulations also contained stipulations on the trade of the meat. "[Dogs killed for human … [Read more...] about HCMC official calls for regulation on dog meat trade
A thriving canine meat industry means a brutal, unsafe existence for the consumer and the consumed At most times of the day, the An Lap Overpass in Binh Tan District looks like a place where pets, especially of the canine variety, are bought and sold. The dogs traded here do not end up in homes, but in specialty food restaurants. In Vietnam, where dog meat has long been considered as a tasty drinking food, a thriving, unregulated trade in the meat is only occasionally stymied by health raids. Early this week, the Associated Press reported the closure of 60 dog restaurants and slaughterhouses around Hanoi. Reports said several of the facilities lacked proper health certificates for the animals. Others were selling meat that tested positive for cholera. The facilities will re-open soon, officials said. But a recent Thanh Nien undercover investigation into lesser-known dog markets in Ho Chi Minh City revealed more issues of concern than the trade's hygienic aspects. It discovered a … [Read more...] about A dog’s life
Experts say the consumption of dog meat is increasing in Vietnam following the bust of a suspected dog smuggling ring that attempted to bring nearly 2,000 dogs into the country from Thailand. On August 4, Thai police arrested four people, including a Vietnamese man, who were allegedly trying to bring the dogs here to sell them for their meat. The problem is not necessarily Vietnam's hunger for the meat as eating dog is not illegal here. But regulations like those that govern the beef, poultry and pork trades have never been issued for dog meat in Vietnam, and the unregulated trade means not only more misery for the animals, but also unclean butchery and unhygienic cooking conditions that have both led to severe cases of rabies and cholera in dog meat consumers. Rerngsak Mahawinijchai-montree, governor of Nakhon Phanom Province, said Thai police arrested Montree Thanklang, 45, a Nakhon Phanom resident, and Hai, 30, a Vietnamese citizen, as they drove a truck containing 600 dogs through … [Read more...] about Dog days for canine meat regulation
As of 8:30 p.m. today, 95 percent of 1,898 votes cast in the Dog Meat Debate are in favor of banning the meat. Only 5 percent are against. The main line of argument in favor of banning dog meat is that dogs are pets, our friends, so eating them is immoral. On top of that, the illegal dog meat trade fuelled by high demand has resulted in dogs being stolen, tortured and slaughtered in barbaric ways. "The entire international community knows how the dog farms /slaughterhouses insert tubes into the stomach of these beloved dogs to increase the weight to gain more money as they are sold by weight." - Nom Aly. "You cannot justify boiling, cutting limbs off skinning dogs and cats alive." - Ben Ciesiak Those against the ban, however, argue that while dogs are pets in the West, they're not entirely so in Vietnam, where a certain breed, cho ta, is raised for meat and other breeds … [Read more...] about Wrap up: Most readers vote to ban dog meat but pro-regulation arguments remain unchallenged
Around five million dogs are killed in Vietnam every year, making the country the second biggest consumer of dog meat in the world after China, which consumes roughly 20 million. Dog meat, or thit cho, has been a Vietnamese delicacy for as long as the older generation can remember. The dogs are a specific breed, cho ta in Vietnamese, and are raised for their meat. Thit cho is normally grilled, steamed and made into blood sausage (doi cho), then served with apricot leaves and shrimp paste - the infamous mam tom. The dish is largely considered delicious and also nutritious as it's high in protein. The meat is so popular, especially among men, that there are areas that have made a name for themselves with the dish, like Nhat Tan and Van Dinh in Hanoi. Northern provinces like Phu Tho and Nam Dinh and the port city of Hai Phong also have famous thit cho areas. However, the high demand has created a lucrative black market for dog meat. Many of the dogs are stolen … [Read more...] about Should Vietnam ban dog meat?