“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated”.
Sea stars, whale sharks, turtles, flying squids, porpoises, dolphins, dugongs.
Hornbills, partridges, pheasants, herons, woodpeckers, magpies, babblers.
Monkeys, sun bears, water buffalos, gibbons, squirrels, bats, macaques, langurs.
Monitor lizards, Burmese pythons, crocodiles, vipers, tortoises, mosquitoes, spiders.
In markets, chickens, fish and other sea foods (i.e. shrimp, mussel, eels) are kept alive and killed upon order. Stray dogs and cats can be seen on the streets.
Water buffaloes are used in agricultural purposes, and are tied up for long hours while "resting".
Some locals in both cities and countryside eat dog meat. Some also eat cats and horses. In the local culture animal parts are said to have medicinal uses.
Certain animals meat /bones such as tigers, lizards or cobras are considered to have valuable traditional medicinal properties.
Wildlife is protected under the international (CITES) and national laws of Vietnam. Wildlife trade and illegal smuggling is rampant in Vietnam. Species such as monkeys, rhinoceroses and turtles have become endangered due to poaching.
Buffalo fights are traditional occurrence in Vietnam. Festivals of buffalo fighting can be found around the country.
We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.