February 4, 2015
Animal Welfare Coalition Reacts to Inhumane Mass Killing of Cats in Vietnam
As a member of the ACPA coalition, HSI has been working actively in the country
As a member of the ACPA coalition, Humane Society International has been working actively in Vietnam for the last two years in addressing the dog meat trade. ACPA has been successful in banning the cross border transport of live dogs for consumption in Vietnam for the next five years, per government agreement. Cats are already illegal to transport over the international border, which is why the hundreds of cats from China were recently seized by border agents. ACPA immediately responded with outreach to the government and offers of assistance in handling this situation with them in a humane and effective manner.
The government discreetly and unfortunately, cruelly, handled this matter by running over and then burying the cats at a nearby waste treatment plant area.
ACPA is using this sad example, with the great international attention it has received, as a means of pressuring the government to accept humane training in handling and euthanasia and establishing protocols for future seizures. Please see the statement below, sent by ACPA to the government this week (or click here to head over to the dedicated page for the release).
“There remains no official response as to the fate of the cats that were apprehended on a truck in Hanoi, Vietnam. We have heard conflicting and equally inhumane stories as to how they may have been destroyed. Our request for any visual evidence of their fate has been denied. While we have offered our assistance in treating the cats and finding them homes – we must now assume they have all been killed, most likely in an inhumane fashion.
The police officer who apprehended the truck deserves great credit. Beyond that the system has horrifically failed these animals - from border to burial.
The trafficking and sale of these animals must be stopped as does the selling of cat for meat and the practice of inhumane killing of trafficked animals.
This must be a wake-up call and be the start of positive change. ACPA and its constituent NGO’s are ready and willing to help the authorities make sure this is never repeated through the implementation of training and development of systems.
Working alongside the authorities and law enforcement, together we can build a framework that will lead to a humane response when these kind of situations occur. Between us we can eradicate this illegal practice and ensure law enforcement officials are never left in this situation again.
Vietnam has shown with its work to eradicate the cross-border trafficking of live dogs that it can move swiftly and efficiently and with compassion for animals. For this, everyone involved deserves great credit. We need to ensure this standard of response becomes the norm and that Vietnam consistently demonstrates a humane response in all future animal emergencies.”
ACPA comprises Animals Asia, Change for Animals Foundation, Humane Society International and Soi Dog Foundation acting both locally within Asia and internationally.