In an impoverished and war-battered territory suffering food shortages and a scarcity of jobs, Saeed al-Ar knew it was a tall order opening a dog shelter in Gaza. The Palestinian coastal enclave crammed with 1.9 million people has been devastated by three wars against Israel since 2008, and it remains under blockade by the Jewish state and Egypt. The fate of hundreds of stray dogs outside towns or near the Israeli security fence have been anything but a priority. "How can we create a shelter for strays when we need shelter ourselves?" is the typical view, as expressed by a 27-year-old unemployed Gazan, Jasser al-Sheikh. "We must first feed our children and find jobs for thousands of unemployed graduates." But Ar, a 45-year-old father of seven, has taken it upon himself to intervene, spending his own money to rescue the strays. Last month, he opened the territory's first dog sanctuary in a relatively well-off suburb south of Gaza City. His Al-Soulala Association for Protection, … [Read more...] about Stray dogs find shelter in battered Gaza
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After ten people were convicted of killing two dog theft suspects in the north-central province of Quang Tri last month, another 68 people confessed to the same crime, baffling local authorities. Gio Thanh Commune police told Thanh Nien on Tuesday that they had received confession letters from residents in Nhi Trung Hamlet, and had forwarded them to their superiors who said they were reviewing the “unprecedented” case. On March 28, the Quang Tri People’s Court gave jail terms of two-three years to six people and suspended sentences of two years to four others for beating two men suspected of stealing dogs to death in 2012. The defendants, all Nhi Trung Hamlet residents, were part of a mob beating – a kind of vigilante justice that people in many places of Vietnam have taken against dog thefts in recent years, resulting in many deaths. After the trial, nearly 100 villagers who attended the hearing refused to leave in a show of protesting against the verdict … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, nearly 70 confess to murder of dog theft suspects after trial
In rural Vietnam, there have been countless cases of thieves stealing dogs and selling them to restaurants for food. These men are willing to attack and shoot at their pursuers. In cities, dog thieves are not so brutal but they too wound dog owners, albeit emotionally. Pet dogs are often considered vulnerable and beloved member of the family. They must constantly face threats from thieves. Unlike country dogs, stolen and sold for food, pet dogs in the city are often passed on to pet shops where the owners can get them back for a ransom. Every other day, dog lover forums in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, feature a notices about an owner finding his stolen dog. People say thieves often sell dogs to specific pet shops in the city that are well-known for trading in stolen animals. These shops gouge the owners of lost pets. One such notice advised dog owners to ask a friend or relative to negotiate with pet shop owners on the price because, in some cases, they offered a very high price after … [Read more...] about Excess feeds dog thefts and violence in Vietnam
A year in reviewStaff Writers As 2017 is coming to an end, let’s look back at the top cultural and entertainment events of the year in HCMC, which have contributed to wooing international tourists to the city. January The HCMC Run 2017 - The City Marathon 2017 which was held in mid-January at the Crescent Plaza in District 7 attracted nearly 7,000 people of all ages, professional athletes and sport enthusiasts. The event, which has been organized annually since 2013, was aimed to promote sport and a healthy lifestyle among local and foreign people. February Nguyen Hue Flower Street was first opened 15 years ago and has become one of the key cultural and tourism events in the city during the traditional Lunar New Year, or Tet, as it has attracted thousands of people, including foreign tourists, a day. Organized by the city government in conjunction with Saigontourist Holding Company, the country’s leading tourism services provider, the 2017 flower street with its theme … [Read more...] about A year in review
French sociologist and anthropologist Jean-Pierre Poulain spoke at Hanoi’s l’Espace last Saturday. His presentation focused on Vietnamese identity through the lens of social science and gastronomy. Director of the Centre d’Etudes du Tourisme of the University of Toulouse Le Mirail, Poulain has spent years studying world gastronomy and is the author of a number of books in his field. He won the Grand Prix of l’Academie Nationale de Cuisine for his book Histoire de la Cuisine et les Cuisiniers (The Story of Cuisine and its Cooks) in 1988. He spoke about his impressions of Vietnamese food. * When were you first interested in Vietnamese gastronomy? I began to love Vietnamese food in 1993 during my first trip to Vietnam. I had the chance to taste a variety of local food, and it was delicious. With colleagues from Hue, I was part of a seminar on Vietnamese gastronomy from 1994-97. I directed the writing of a book on gastronomic traditions from Central of Vietnam, … [Read more...] about French sociologist and anthropologist talks about Vietnamese food
Ho Chi Minh City authorities are reviewing proposals to open more ‘food streets’ in its downtown district following the recent debut of the model.Chairman of the People’s Committee in District 1 Nguyen The Thuan and leaders of administrations in Pham Ngu Lao, Ben Thanh, and Cau Ong Lanh Wards conducted an examination of several streets in the neighborhoods on Tuesday morning.The trip was made to review several proposals to open ‘food streets’ in seven wards of the district, aimed at providing venues for local vendors and to contribute to ongoing sidewalk clearing efforts.Local authorities are now mulling over the establishment of two new food corners featuring some 60 stalls along two sections of Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.The city’s first-ever food street was opened along Nguyen Van Chiem Street on August 28.A total of 40 businesses take turns to operate in two shifts; between 6:00 am and 9:00 am in the morning, and 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City considers more ‘food streets’ in downtown area
The Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA) is calling for several Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam to stop the trading of dog meat. Dog meat is a popular dish for many people in some Southeast Asian countries Some five million dogs are turned into food each year and ACPA is focusing on several hot sources such as Thailand, Cambodia and Laos that smuggle dogs into Vietnam. Previously, only small households traded in dog meat but it has turned into multi-million dollar industry. More importantly, illegal trade is one of main cause for many diseases such as trichinosis, cholera and rabies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced recently that dog meat trafficking is the cause for the spread of rabies in Indonesia and cholera in Vietnam. Lola Webber, leader of the Change for Animals Foundation claimed people seek out dog meat because they think that it can cure some diseases, but more common reasons are that people choose to … [Read more...] about Foreign organisations attempt to stop illegal dog trading
Both the public and local agencies in Hanoi have raised concerns over a new dog registration rule, saying it is impractical. New dog registration rule causes concern In an effort to curb rabies, the government issued a plan to require dog owners to register their dogs. The new rule, however, has been a source of public worry, especially for households that sell dog meat. To many people, the rule is too complicated. "Then each time I buy a dog I have to register it. Then if it is stolen or dies I'll have to make report." Nguyen Van Tuan, a resident of Thanh Tri District, said. Even breeders of expensive dogs who support the rule have voiced concern. "Management agencies would be able to euthanize a dog if its owner does not show up within 72 hours. What if my dog wanders off some day?" said Nguyen Thai Anh, of Cau Giay District. Management agencies are not entirely happy with the regulation either. The deputy chairwoman … [Read more...] about New dog registration rule causes concern
Have you seen a guy traveling on Saigon’s streets gripping the back of a motorbike while speaking non-stop into a camera attached to his helmet? Well, if you have, that was probably American food vlogger Sonny Side filming for his YouTube channel Best Ever Food Review Show and the 173,000 subscribers who tune in to watch him try some of Vietnam’s lesser-known delicacies. A combined screenshot shows Sonny Side filming a video for his YouTube channel. Pig brain, shrimp paste, balut, and more A self-proclaimed fan of trying interesting and strange foods from around the world, Side seems to have zero hesitation when it comes to dishes typically considered “scary.” “My show is from a Western point of view, more importantly my point of view, but is not meant to offend any person or culture,” Side writes in the description of his videos. Many of the foods featured on Side’s YouTube channel have been dubbed ‘mission … [Read more...] about Would you dare eat ‘scary’ Vietnamese foods with Sonny Side?
VietNamNet Bridge – Local authorities seem to be sitting back as dog thieves supplying Vietnamese tables furtively carry out their nasty work. How, therefore, can the ordinary public be blamed for taking matters into their own hands? Nghe An: Two dog thieves beaten to death Local peope burned the motorcycle of the dog thieves. Unofficial statistics show that since 2010, when, for some reason, dog napping began to become a popular crime, especially in the countryside, dozens of thieves have paid with their lives as angry villagers catch up with them. Most were beaten to death by angry mobs. Two were drowned after jumping into a river to escape the wrath of local people. Other were beaten within an inch of their lives. The villagers even burn motorbikes owned by the thieves. According to a report from police in the central province of … [Read more...] about Are dog thieves to blame for fatal vigilante attacks?