The city of Hoi An signed a cooperation agreement known as 'a memorandum of understanding' with Four Paws animal charity on Friday to end the consumption of dog and cat meat.

This makes Hoi An the first locality of Vietnam to make an official stance on this controversial topic.

Vice Chairman of Hoi An City People's Committee Nguyen The Hung
Vice Chairman of Hoi An City People's Committee Nguyen The Hung signed an agreement with FOUR PAWS on a commitment to eliminate the use of dog and cat meat // Photo on vietnamnet

The partnership between the city and the worldwide organization intends to raise animal welfare through protection, vaccination, and rabies control programs, which also helps to prevent disease in the community.

According to the Vice Secretary of Hội An People's Committee Nguyễn Thế Hùng, ending dog and cat meat consumption and eliminating rabies complements the region's aim to develop its culture and tourism industry.

“Hội An is known for its traditions of kindness, benevolence, and pure and simplistic lifestyle”, said the Hội An official.

"The project to develop Hội An as a tourist-friendly, free of dog and cat meat and supporting rabies elimination by Four Paws goes in line with Hội An’s direction to build an ecological, cultural, tourism city."

Hội An is the pioneering city for other localities in the country to follow // Photo vietnaminsider.vn

The agreement is an “important monument” for the city and Việt Nam, according to Julie Sanders, Four Paws' International Director of Companion Animals Programme.

“Each year, there are more than five million dogs and one million cats in Việt Nam traded and killed for meat, putting animal rights and public health in danger,” she said.

“Hội An is the pioneering city for other localities in the country to follow”, she added.

The cooperation agreement will take effect at the end of this year and last for two years before being reviewed and most likely extended. 

Source: vietnamnews.vn

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