VietNamNet Bridge - In the western world, dogs and cats are pets and are considered friends. Killing dogs and eating dog meat is considered brutal and that act is banned in many countries. Many foreign tourists to Vietnam were very shocked seeing Vietnamese people killing dogs and eating dog meat. Annie Peysson, a French resident at 14 RUE DE L'EGALITE 69330 PUSIGNAN said he was profoundly shocked to witness the Vietnamese eating dog. He did not understand why the Vietnamese people raise dogs in their houses but they can still eat dog meat in a tasty way. "We do not understand why Vietnam has opened its doors to other countries in the world, but it continues to horribly massacre dogs, cats - smart, sensitive and useful domesticated animals to our humanity," Peysson said. Like many other travelers, Peysson knows Vietnam a beautiful and hospitable country. But when he came and witnessed the slaughter of animals, he lost sympathy. He was chilling to participating in a wicked … [Read more...] about French tourists threaten to boycott Vietnam for dog meat
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Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers whether tourism industries are at risk in countries where dogs are eaten and whether a boycott of countries would be reasonable. Here are some of the comments: Nguyen Le Quan, Ha Noi I don't eat dogs and also find this very unusual. I can understand how terrified dog-lovers around the world feel knowing that their beloved pets are eaten in Viet Nam and elsewhere in Asia. But boycotting a country because of this is something I consider awkward and useless. It certainly would not change the Vietnamese people's eating habits, which is rooted in centuries of history. Let's imagine, would you stop painting your house with your favourite colour because your neighbours don't like it? Certainly not. Isn't the decision to eat something also a very personal choice? Isn't it a so-called human right? So please, respect it whether you like it or not. You may feel it's ridiculous, but I think eating dogs or other strange things here is a cultural … [Read more...] about Tourism likely won’t be hurt by Viet Nam’s dog-eating tradition
Northwest series >> Part 1: No amount of fog can stop this view >> Part 2: Driving through Heaven's Gate >> Part 3: Riding the rails back home >> Part 4: A foggy endeavour >> Part 5: No plans in "Nowhere Land" Tuesday, February 16, 7:43 am: The phone rings; time to go. There is no time for showering, after all, we are in a rush and there are places to see. Our previous night and days of celebrating Tet left us all tired, but ambitious to continue the ride. Rolling out of bed after a long week of constant traveling, eating and drinking can be tiring but new experiences are also invigorating. This is Tet so far, a time for friends, family, experiences, and memories to last a life-time. A quality journey would never be complete without a few surprises, turns and twists. When two of my good friends told me that they were coming to Vietnam for Tet, I knew that we were in for a holiday to remember. We thought about having a plan, we really did, … [Read more...] about No amount of fog can stop this view
Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers whether Vietnamese diners should give up their custom of eating dog meat. This topic has really sparked a debate among our readers. Hamish McNair Wilson, British, Da Nang Your say Next Week: Ha Noi's Industry and Trade Department recently submitted a project to the municipal People's Committee encouraging local people to ride bicycles. The department says that the move will save fuel, reduce pollution and traffic jams and give a much-needed boost to the domestic bicycle manufacturing industry. However, some experts do not support the proposal. They say that while encouraging local people to ride bicycles would be good for the environment, it would also in fact worsen traffic congestion. They argue that jams become worse when a number of cyclists flock onto roads at slow speeds together with other vehicles, especially as there are no specific bicycle lanes in the city. Do you prefer travelling by bicycle to other vehicles? What do you … [Read more...] about Dog meat spices up the conversation
Dogs and cats in Western countries are considered as pets and live with humans as friends or companions. However, in many countries such as China, South Korea and Viet Nam, dog meat is readily consumed and is cooked in various dishes. Vietnamese people, especially in the northern region enjoy this food. A Vietnamese person recently raged a public debate for saying that eating dog meat is an expression of cruelty which will destroy the country's cultural values and spirit. He said Viet Nam should give up eating dog meat if the country wishes to become truly civilised and integrate more with the rest of the world. What do you think about this idea and Viet Nam's dog meat eating habit? How do you feel when tasting this meat or witnessing people eat it? Should Vietnamese people give up their eating habit of dog meat? Tell us your reasons. Please reply by email to [email protected] or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 2311. Letters can be sent to The Editor, Viet Nam News, 11 Tran Hung Dao … [Read more...] about Should Vietnamese people give up dog meat?