Vietnam: Joining Forces To End the Cruel and Illegal Trade in Dogs
As a founding member of the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA), Change For Animals Foundation co-hosted the second of our series of workshops in Vinh City, Vietnam, to help build the capacity of local groups working throughout the country to tackle the dog meat trade.
By providing practical training to 10 local groups located throughout the country on emergency sheltering and animal care, and with the participation and support of key government officials, we are committed to supporting the strengthening of political and public support needed to end the dog meat trade in Vietnam.
After years of meetings, we have forged strong relationships with the central and local governments by highlighting the inherent link between the dog meat trade and rabies transmission.
With the ASEAN countries pledge to eliminate the rabies by 2020, the sense of urgency and commitment to take action to send a clear message to the unscrupulous dog meat traders that this illegal trade will not be tolerated, is tangible.
Mr Duong Tat Thang – the Director of Area 3 Animal Health – gave a strong and inspiring opening speech at the workshop, pledging his commitment to working with ACPA to reach the dual and inextricably linked goals of fulfilling Vietnam’s pledge to eliminate rabies by 2020 and to end the illegal dog meat trade.
Mr Duong Tat Thang – the Director of Area 3 Animal Health – gave a strong and inspiring opening speech at the workshop, pledging his support of ACPA’s work and commitment to improving animal welfare and ending rabies.
By providing practical training to 10 local groups located throughout the country, and the authorities of key locations, we are committed to supporting the public and political support needed to end the dog meat trade in Vietnam.
ACPA will continue to work with the authorities and local groups to equip them with skills, resources and knowledge to ensure adequate enforcement of existing laws and regulations; educating local communities and authorities about the risks to human health and the risk to rabies control achievements and programs; and promoting compassion and respect for dogs and ultimately all animals.