A village in Hanoi’s suburbs which has a long-standing tradition of dog slaughtering has dramatically changed following moves by municipal authorities to tighten control over dog meat trading. Cao Xa Village in Duc Giang Commune, Hoai Duc District, is among the largest dog slaughter places in the north. Dogs kept in Cao Xa Village to be slaughtered for meat Local resident Nguyen Huy Hoa said most dog slaughterhouses and rice vermicelli producers are located in Cao Xa Ha. During the 1990s and early the 2000s, Cao Xa Ha was home to hundreds of households which specialised in dog butchery. The product outlets were mainly markets and restaurants in Hanoi. Trinh Van Tuat, head of Cao Xa Village, said that dog butchery in Cao Xa had existed for over the past 100 years, but it started developing in the 1960s when some local households did financially well out of the business and gradually more villagers learned from their experience. Hundreds of dogs were killed on the occasion before every Lunar New Year. Local slaughterers even had their own teams to procure dogs across the country and even in neighbouring countries. Villagers have been familiar with the never-ending sound of dogs.