Talking about dog meat in Vietnam these days is pretty much like walking through a field of landmines. Things can go badly wrong at any moment, and, before you knew it, boom, a friendship just died at the dinner table. Then another, on Facebook. Conversations about the issue quickly turn vitriolic and personal because they are not grounded in rational arguments about the ethical nuances and dilemmas involved. For many, the issue is black and white and there are only two types of people: those who are unethical because they eat dog meat, and those who don’t and thus are ethical. But seeing the world in binary does not help; it merely fosters a destructive naiveté that can do nothing but suffocate voices of reason and even fuel violence — just look at the way dog thieves are being lynched across the country almost every week. The new campaign launched by the Asia Canine Protection Alliance last week, unfortunately, seems to reinforce this naiveté. Seeking … [Read more...] about Why the new campaign against dog meat in Vietnam is hypocritical
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Up to five million dogs are killed for meat in Vietnam every year, according to the Asia Canine Protection Alliance. This is frightening knowledge. I remember Ky, my first dog. It has been decades since he left me but in my memory he is still jumping, running around the house and licking the face of everyone who plays with him. Ky! Ky! Ky! My best friend when I was a child. We were just like two little babies in the family playing, eating and sleeping together. He comforted me in the dark and delighted me when he jumped out and wagged his tail and barked to welcome me every time I came home. He never wanted me to leave home for school. I had to promise him many times that I would come home immediately after class so he would agree not to follow me. He would stay at home and look at me as I would leave. How can people eat their best friends? When I was 7, my father came home one day with a new dog. When I got home from school that day, I was frightened by the cut, fat dog that jumped … [Read more...] about Why can people eat their best friends?
It’s the time when lucky envelopes sell faster in the shops than cheap helmets and the latest ‘must have’ votive paper product to burn for good luck is a Galaxy 8.7 smartphone. This is when my students are tired, not from doing homework, but selling mum’s vegetables all day for that extra money for new clothes and gifts for relatives. The cake gift packs crowd shop entrances so badly that you have to move sideways to squeeze inside and your local coffee shop closes for a week. Yep – Tet, or the Lunar New Year, is coming! I marvel at the jammed parking lot tricks with which people manage to get their motorbikes in and out without a scratch while hauling so much stuff home that the roads start to resemble mobile Christmas trees on an annual migration to a warmer climate. Have you taken the bronze Buddha to the guy down the road polishing them up on the pavement next to the Mi Quang stall? Traffic continues to be manic, people rushing everywhere for … [Read more...] about Best wishes for Lunar New Year in Vietnam
Hanoi Times - More and more families in Ha Noi are spending money and time caring for their beloved dogs Every fortnight, on Sundays, from 9 am onwards, a corner of the ThuyenQuangLake in Ha Noi becomes especially animated. Hundreds of dogs lovers from the capital and nearby provinces come out in droves for what has become an informal dog show.Dozens of dogs of various breeds, all colours, and sizes bustle around their owners, all the while making desperate attempts to escape and "meet" other dogs. The commonality is that irrespective of size, shape and colour, they all wear a look of excitement on their faces. At this now festive fortnightly event one will find all kinds of dogs: from the ferocious looking Rhodesian Ridgeback to the mischievous Chihuahua, or the Bulldog known for its apparent "frown" on its short muzzle to maybe a Bull Terrier with its "egg-shaped" head or the gentle Japanese dog with a coat that resembles white feathers. Breed spectrum It is … [Read more...] about Man’s best friend finds love in Ha Noi
In a midtown Manhattan hotel, a very special bride-to-be named Lucky, decked out in a frilly pink dress, recently celebrated her impending nuptials with friends over champagne, sandwiches, cupcakes and tea. Wendy Diamond, owner of Lucky, a Maltese dog, adjusts Lucky's hat before her bridal shower in New York, May 14, 2012. Like many brides, she's in a rush to walk down the aisle but this was not your typical bridal shower. The bride, Lucky, like 12 of the 32 guests, is a dog. An energetic but aging Maltese, Lucky was diagnosed with spleen cancer in February and given 3 months to a year to live. She's still looking for her groom but moving ahead with plans for a July 12 wedding at the Jumeirah Essex House hotel. Picture taken May 14, 2012. Photo: Reuters Like many brides, Lucky is in a rush to walk down the aisle, but she is no ordinary spouse-in-waiting and her shower was anything but typical. Lucky, like many of her 32 guests, is a dog - the most-photographed dog in the … [Read more...] about Wanted: A dog to marry Lucky and help others in need