Every year, on the sixth day of the new lunar year, a small village in Vietnam’s Bac Ninh province close to the capital Hanoi, is the scene of horrific animal cruelty.
The climax of the Nem Thuong Festival features a slow public slaughter of two live pigs.
Sadly, this year, the festival went ahead as planned. However, in response to the enormous amount of national and international condemnation, Vietnam’s Prime Minister announced that there would be an end to “old fashioned, superstitious and negative” festivals - a clear reference to Nem Thuong. Read more here.
Our colleagues from Animals Asia are saying they have never known a media response like it. Your support has made the campaign to end the Nem Thuong Pig Slaughter Festival one of the hottest topics in Vietnam! Read more here.
With an online poll saying 79% of Vietnamese in support of our call for an end, and senior politicians voicing their opposition, reports are suggesting that the villagers are ready to change the festival.
The debate has now become about far more than just one village - this is about animal welfare and Vietnam and we are just delighted to have so much support both nationally and internationally.
Together we are making change… But please help us to keep up the pressure!
If you have not already done so, please sign the petition.