Vietnam’s first and only pet magazine, Me Thu Cung, (a passion for pets – translated from Vietnamese) has published Issue Five.
Message from the Editor
Issue Five of Mê Thú Cưng is dedicated to the Rescue, Welfare and Rights of Animals in Vietnam. During the weekend of September 13th and 14th, 2014 the first (and hope many to come) Vietnam Animal Welfare Conference was held at the historic, heritage Continental Hotel in downtown Saigon. The fusion of local and international experts from the diverse fields of wildlife, farming and animal welfare organizations added multiple dimensions and views, ideas, facts and statistics, truly adding significance and legitimacy to the causes underlining the conference. We would like to thank all involved, too numerous to mention here, however we have showcased ‘the best of the best’ in the feature section of this magazine.
Vietnam is an agricultural based economy with over 70% of the population still living in non-urban regions. As the young, educated urban populations of Vietnam begin to master the basics of small animal companion pet care and become socially responsible pet owners, the real need for education is with the people, mostly the young, who live and work within close proximity of the domains of wildlife and farm animals in the rural areas of Vietnam. This is the true origins of the trade of endangered wildlife products and the controversial consumption of dog and cat meat. Awareness and education should begin here to teach the future generations to reconsider this lethal trade and consumption of wildlife products.
Finally, we would like to welcome two wildlife conversation groups from Vietnam into this discussion. They are creating fantastic educational materials for Vietnamese children, urban and rural, with the intention of eliminating the consumption of wild products. We like to warmly thank Ms. Vũ Thị Quyên, Founder of ENV (Education for Nature – Vietnam) and the group Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW), a program grown from the ‘Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program (CPCP). In future issues of Me Thu Cung we will be featuring content from EVN in a new section called ‘Vietnam Wildlife’.
Issue Five of Mê Thú Cưng is dedicated to all the people and organizations committed to the Rescue, Welfare and Rights of Animals in Vietnam highlighted by the Vietnam Animal Welfare Conference held at the historic Continental Hotel in downtown Saigon during the weekend of September 13 / 14, 2014.
Thank you. Cảm ơn bạn.
Wayne & Gemma Capriotti (Khánh Ngọc)