Target: Hanoi Deputy Chief of Police Cao Van Loc
Goal: Don’t kill the thousands of cats rescued from a smuggling operation.
Hanoi police might kill thousands of rescued cats that were being smuggled from China and were intended for consumption after seizing a truck in Northern Vietnam. Cat meat is officially banned in the country. However, instead of transporting the live cats to a shelter or sanctuary, a Vietnamese police officer claims the animals could be “destroyed.”
Cao Van Loc, deputy chief of police in Hanoi’s Dong Da district, told the press that the department received a tip about the truck and subsequently seized it. The cats had been crammed into wooden crates with hardly any breathing room. Unfortunately, locals laws demand that smuggled goods, including these cats, have to be destroyed. The department is still undecided on killing the cats only because there are too many. The driver of the truck will be fined $350 for transporting goods without documentation.
The act of smuggling cats from China into Vietnam has increasingly become more common due to the popularity of cat meat, known as “little tiger.” Vietnam banned the consumption of cat meat in order to encourage its citizens to own cats and lower the population of rats. Officials also warned of the risks of fungal skin diseases, typhoid fever, and rabies involved with cat consumption and smuggling. Despite the country’s efforts, cat meat is still considered to be a delicacy and many people want to try it. This is not a general consensus, however. Animal rights groups have protested against eating cats and pet owners are tired of feeling fearful of letting their pet cats go outside.
Tell the Vietnamese authorities to move the smuggled cats into a shelter instead of killing them by signing this petition.
Dear Cao Van Loc,
Thousands of cats were seized from a truck that had smuggled them from China. These live cats were forcefully crammed into small wooden crates with their little limbs and tails sticking out through the tiny openings. It seemed as though these poor animals’ lives had been saved from being eaten by locals, but according to Vietnamese law, smuggled “goods” must be destroyed.
I am asking you to reconsider this. It does not make sense to rescue these cats from being killed only to kill them in the end. They should be relocated to an adequate, safe shelter or sanctuary. They do not deserved to be slaughtered. These cats can be given to people who will love and care for them. Please let them have a chance to live a comfortable life.
[Your Name Here]
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