I Pledge to Help End the Cat Meat Trade in Vietnam and Asia
It’s hard to believe, but it is true.
Right now, pet and community cats are being captured, tortured, brutally killed, and sold for human consumption in many parts of Asia.
Although it is not as widely known as the dog meat trade, the cat meat trade is every bit as gruesome. It is shocking in its cruelty.
A new report shows that in Vietnam, cat meat markets are growing. Restaurants across Vietnam are including cats on the menu.
Please join us in pledging to help them end the cat meat trade.
The trafficking, butchering and eating of over one million cats each year in Vietnam alone cannot remain under the radar.
Pet ownership is increasing in Vietnam and cats are beloved members of many households. Because the demand for cat meat is growing so rapidly, cats are snatched off the streets and out of gardens every day. Cat owners report living in constant fear of losing the cats they love to this hidden trade.
Alley Cat Allies is taking a strong stand against the cat meat trade. Not only is the stealing, slaughtering, consumption, and selling of cats to local markets a horrifying threat to animal welfare, it also places humans at risk of contracting zoonotic diseases.
Sign the pledge today. Stand with us in opposition.
A new investigative report from FOUR PAWS, a global animal welfare organization, and Change For Animals Foundation reveals that over one million cats each year are stolen from their families or abducted from their outdoor homes and sold to a widespread network of slaughterhouses and restaurants in Vietnam. The cats are subjected to extreme animal cruelty in deplorable conditions, packed together in filthy cramped cages and trafficked long distances without food and water for days. Many succumb to stress, exhaustion, dehydration, or heatstroke along the way.
The cats who survive are drowned or bludgeoned to death to be served on a menu as “thịt mèo” meaning “little tiger." The investigation found that many of the cats have collars on when they are killed, which is proof that they are valued companions and pets who were ripped away and stolen from people who love them.
The abducting, killing, selling, and eating of cats was once banned in Vietnam by law. However, in January 2020 the Vietnamese government revoked this law, leaving cats and their families vulnerable to a horrific and cruel trade that is spreading further throughout the country.
The cats of Vietnam and the people who care for them need our help right now. The only way we can end the atrocity of the cat meat trade is to drag it into the light and demand that Vietnam reinstate laws that explicitly prohibit it. We ask that cat advocates in Vietnam and around the world take action right now by signing the pledge below.
You Can Help End the Slaughter and Consumption of Cats
By adding your name to this pledge, you join Alley Cat Allies and everyone who condemns the trapping, selling, torture, and killing of cats and their consumption by humans. You demand powerful action be taken to reinstate and enforce laws against it in Vietnam.
Together, we will call upon governments around the world to make lifesaving changes to protect the animals under their stewardship.
Help us advocate so no pet or community cat is ever stolen from her home again to be meat on a restaurant menu. Sign the pledge today.
Alley Cat Allies
I stand with Alley Cat Allies and people everywhere who value all cats. I oppose the hunting, torturing, killing, and human consumption of cats in Vietnam and around the world.
I declare that it is unacceptable for pet cats and community cats who live outdoors to be ripped from their homes and subjected to unimaginable horrors and human consumption. I ask that the risks to animal welfare and public health that are inherent to the cat meat trade are recognized and that all perpetrators engaging in such unacceptable behavior are held accountable.
Therefore, I call upon the governments of Vietnam and all other nations in which the cat meat trade exists to pass and vigorously enforce animal welfare laws that explicitly ban every aspect of the cat meat trade, from capture to slaughter to consumption.