HANOI: Hanoi officials urged residents on Tuesday to ease off eating dog meat, saying the popular dish is tarnishing the city’s image and risks spreading rabies, reports AFP.
Roasted, boiled or steamed, dog meat can be found in markets and food shops across the capital city famed for its tasty street food, and the meat is traditionally eaten with rice wine or beer.But Hanoi People’s Committee on Tuesday warned residents to lay off canine meat to prevent the spread of rabies and other animal-borne diseases.
It also urged them to stop eating cat meat, often dubbed “little tiger” on Vietnamese menus, which is less popular than dog but still readily available in rural areas.
The practice of killing the animals is often cruel and the city government hopes it can be gradually phased out, it said in a statement.
It said it was a matter of preserving Hanoi’s reputation as a “civilised and modern capital” among foreigners, many of whom consider eating the meat of animals commonly kept as pets taboo.