Target: Prime Minister of Vietnam, Tan Dung Nguyen
Goal: Crack down on smuggling of cats into Vietnam to be illegally sold for human consumption.
The Vietnamese government recently disclosed information regarding three tons of cats that were packed into bamboo crates and smuggled in from China to support the illegal sale of cat meat. Per smuggling laws, the evidence of the smuggling needed to be destroyed, and the cats were subsequently buried. Many of them had already died in the crates, and several were believed to be alive at the time of burial. This cruelty is not to be tolerated, and calls for immediate action. Urge the Vietnamese government to revise its animal handling policies to prevent similar events from occurring in the future.
Despite laws prohibiting the sale of cat meat in Vietnam, many restaurants still serve it, and it is considered a delicacy. Mass amounts of cats are frequently smuggled in, as well as other animals, and are disposed of in a similar manner. An anonymous police officer noted that many of the cats had already perished, and the spread of disease was a motivating factor for why they had to be buried.
Regardless of the circumstances, the Vietnamese government did not act in a manner that was beneficial to the animals, or the rest of the world, as animal rights groups everywhere are furious, and calling for reform of their laws.
Urge the Vietnamese government to crack down on smuggling of animals into the country, and to revise its animal handling policies.
Dear Prime Minister Tan Dung Nguyen,
The recent mass burial of thousands of cats, in compliance with animal handling policies in Vietnam, demonstrate obvious flaws in the current policies. The sale and distribution of cat meat is illegal, yet the smuggling continues, and the animal cruelty that ensues is simply an attempt to cover up a much larger problem.
Policies must be implemented to prevent the smuggling of animals, especially in a grotesque, inhumane manner, rather than attempting to dispose of them once they are on your land.
Many of the cats were believed to be alive as they were dumped into a mass grave. This is extremely unacceptable, and animal rights groups across the world will continue their efforts to address this issue.
Once on your land, the animals should be treated in a humane manner. I urge you to crack down on smuggling of animals in your country, revise animal handling policies, and vow to treat the animals that arrive in your country with respect and dignity.
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