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A young friend of mine is visiting Vietnam. He stays well in touch with me via emails for advice & suggestions on mapping out his itinerary. Last night, he asked me if he should try the dog meat when arriving Hanoi this weekend since he heard that in Korea, boshin-tang (dog meat stew) is believed to be an energy-restoring health food, and many men swear by its power to increase sexual potency a Korean version of Viagra. Its a tough question to reply. I am going to send the link of today posting of an old picture snapped in a restaurant at intersection of Yen Phu and Hang Than Street, Hanoi during a few short hours of my recent trip sandwiched between China and Laos to him in lieu of a direct answer. To eat or not to eat is entirely up to him. Dog meat is considered a popular dish in some Asian cultures including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar. However, he is from the USA a country where we respect this social scale: nhất đn b, nh ch, ba cỏ, bốn đn ng (first: ladies; second: dog; third: grass, and last: men).

Immigration scam

More than 800 dogs destined to be smuggled to Vietnam where they would be butchered and eaten, have been rescued in a police raid on a farm in north-eastern Thailand.

Authorities acting on a tip-off found the dogs crammed into small metal cages on a farm in Nakhon Phanom Province, Thailand. The dogs were caught all over north-eastern provinces and were to be traded in exchange for consumer products like plastic tubs.

Six people were arrested in the raid and charged with smuggling animals out of the country, which carries a maximum two-year jail term and a fine of 40,000 baht. Licensed dog breeders can sell the creatures, but smuggling them across Thai borders is illegal.

The dogs, many of which appeared well-groomed and in healthy condition, were to be ferried across the Mekong River to Laos before their journey to Vietnam where they would be sold for 300 to 400 baht each.

Dog eating has come under fire in places like South Korea, but the practice has gone unchallenged in Vietnam.

The communist country has no animal welfare organizations and no laws to protect animals from cruelty, and the practice enjoys runaway popularity in the country's north including the capital Hanoi, where streets in some neighborhoods are lined with dog meat restaurants. (AFP)

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