Viet Nam News Bảo Hoa I have not been to an animal circus performance for a long time, twenty years, perhaps, since I was about four or five years old. Though I have no clear memories of watching the animals performing tricks, I remember the unpleasant smell of an elephant when it came near me. I was sitting somewhere in the front row, and I remember none of the animals looked comfortable while doing the show – they looked blank, like their minds were on auto-pilot, and they did not even know what they were doing. I guess that blank look tugged at my young heart, and that’s why I have never been a fan of the animal circus. Using animals in circus performances has been the centre of an ongoing debate – not only in Việt Nam but also around the world – for at least 20 years. The incident of Tyke - the elephant in Honolulu in August 1994 has become symbolic of circus tragedies, whose images can still shake to the core anyone who sees them today. … [Read more...] about Respect the lives of animals
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Two sailors of sunken ship on southern river still missing Rescue forces righted the capsized ship on the Soai Rap River near Ho Chi Minh City and Tien Giang province on November 3 but did not found the two missing sailors. Efforts to search for Nguyen Huu Quang, 29, from the northern province of Ninh Binh and Phan Anh Tan, 54, from the central province of Ha Tinh still continue, according to the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre of Region 3. The ship, named Hoang Phuc 18, is scheduled to be towed to the Sao Mai – Ben Dinh area of Vung Tau city, the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau, on late November 3 for investigation and repairs. On late October 30, the vessel with 17 people aboard sank on the Soai Rap River. Thirteen sailors have been rescued while two others were found dead. Fire destroys three shops in Ha Noi A fire which broke out early today completely destroyed all the goods at three shops in Ha Noi's Thanh Tri District. Three shopkeepers had … [Read more...] about Social News 4/11
VietNamNet Bridge – AAF, the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) has transmitted SOS signals, entreating help to protect a bear rescue project. 104 bears to be removed from national park Only Tibetan and Malayan bears have existed in Vietnam. Despite the biodiversity research works over the last decade, scientists still cannot give the exact answer to the question about how many bear individuals still live in the forests. However, it’s well known to everyone that forest rangers and international animal conservation organizations have spent a lot of exertion and money in the last seven years to protect the bears from the extinction risk. Therefore, it is really shocking news for them to hear that the Tam Dao Bear Rescue Center project would be suspended.The second home of the bears… A program on attaching chips to bears for easier control was kicked off in 2005, after which, the government agencies stated that 4300 bear individuals were attached with chips. However, on … [Read more...] about Who deprives the bears’ home?
VietNamNet Bridge - Located on an area of 12ha in Chat Dau Valley of the Tam Dao National Park in Vinh Phuc Province, with a total investment of more than $3.3 million, the bear rescue center was established in 2005 but it is in danger of relocation.No decision made on relocation of Vietnam Bear Rescue CenterTam Dao bear rescue center and “national security”Who deprives the bears’ home?104 bears to be removed from national park The Vietnam Bear Rescue Center in Tam Dao National Park was established with the purpose of liberating unfortunate bears, bringing them back to nature and to preserve the bear species which has been listed in the Red Book. This is the most modern bear rescue center in Asia, a project of the Animals Asia Foundation - AAF.The center has many hills and it is far away from residential areas. Being established in 2005 with a small house where bears were taken care for, until 2008 the Prime Minister approved the project. By the end of 2010 the … [Read more...] about Inside the bear rescue center in Tam Dao
Vietnam bans animal slaughter at violent spring festivals With the spring festival season nearly upon us, Vietnam's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has ordered an end to all performances that include either violent or offensive rituals, such as killing animals. Several festivals still feature violent rituals that involve slaughtering pigs and bull fighting, and that has to stop, the ministry said in a new statement. Most spring-time rituals in Vietnam were created centuries ago to commemorate ancient war heroes, show respect to the gods and to pray for good health, peace and prosperity -- all honorable causes. But how people celebrate and perform these rituals is another question. Sometimes that involves the brutal killing of animals in public, like the pig slaughtering festival in the northern province of Bac Ninh. Nem Thuong villagers celebrate the festival on the sixth day of the first lunar month, which is February 5 next year, to commemorate a general who took refuge in … [Read more...] about Social News 29/10