The Vietnamese Hanoi People’s Committee expresses fear on the practice of eating dog meat, the practice as they said could tarnish the city’s image as a “civilised and modern capital”. Officials of the city are urging residents to stop eating dog meat as it could hurt the city’s reputation and lead to diseases like rabies and leptospirosis.
The committee also urged residents to stop eating cat meat, which is less popular but still available. It highlighted the fact that many of the animals were cruelly killed.
The report states that there are an estimated 490,000 dogs and cats in Hanoi which are majorly used as pets.
One Facebook user, Dang Ngoc Quang, argued that the dish should not be banned completely, as that amounted to a deprivation of freedom. Instead, he suggested implementing a heavy tax on dog meat or allowing it only to be sold in specific areas.