The Utter Confusion of Viet Nam, Divided Between a “Vegan” Buddhist Legacy and Phu Quoc Original Backridge Dogs to Fights and Murders for Dog Meat – 06/28/2014

For Your “Doggone” Bewilderment (FYDB)

“I have forced myself to bear witness to many slaughter practices and I have to say that the dog meat industry is one of THE MOST barbaric and appalling ways of slaughter I have EVER laid eyes on. These dogs go through hell on earth because they are forced into torture, intentional and prolonged abuse and torture to tenderize their meat while they are alive. They are beaten alive, skinned alive, torched alive, boiled alive, have their legs broken and tied behind their backs so these cowards can torture them even more. They force other dogs to watch to increase their fear and adrenaline before they are killed. Many times they hang these dogs upside down with their front legs tied behind their backs and take turns beating them while the animal is wailing in pain. It is a gross display of unconscionable inhumanity and a deplorable sight to see. The black market steals many of these dogs and many of them have their collars still on them before they go to slaughter. If you want to know what pure and evil hell on earth feels like, live a day in the shoes of these dogs. Did I also forget to mention that these butchers and attendees laugh and joke while they are torturing these dogs. These butchers are the epitome of cowards.”

“Animal torture and dog related crime are seriously hurting Vietnam’s international image. Something must be done about it – finding the organizers behind the dog mafia, confiscating all their property, increase fines for dog theft (if prisons are overcrowded) – there are several things Vietnam could do to avoid bad publicity such as this.”

“In Buddhism, the views on vegetarianism vary between different schools of thought. According toTheravada, the Buddha allowed his monks to eat porkchicken and beef if the monk was aware that the animal was not killed on their behalf. Theravada also believes that the Buddha allowed the monks to choose a vegetarian diet, but only prohibited them from eating humanelephanthorsedogcatliontigerbear,leopard, and slug flesh. According to Theravada, the Buddha did not prohibit any kind of meat-eating for his lay followers. In Vajrayana, the act of eating meat is not always prohibited. The Mahayana schools generally recommend a vegetarian diet, for some believe that the Buddha insisted that his followers should not eat the flesh of any sentient being. Monks of the Mahayana traditions that follow the Brama Net Sutra are forbidden by their vows from eating flesh of any kind.”

“Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.”

“Distinctions are sometimes made between different categories of veganism. Dietary vegans (or strictvegetarians) refrain from consuming animal products, not only meat but, in contrast to ovo-lacto vegetarians, also eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances. The term ethical vegan is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet, but extend the vegan philosophy into other areas of their lives, and oppose the use of animals or animal products for any purpose. Another term used is environmental veganism, which refers to the avoidance of animal products on the premise that the harvesting or industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.
The term vegan was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson when he co-founded The Vegan Society in England, at first to mean “non-dairy vegetarian” and later to refer to “the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals.” Interest in veganism increased in the 2000s; vegan food became increasingly available in supermarkets and restaurants in many countries, and several top athletes in endurance sports, such as theIronman triathlon and the ultramarathon, began to practise veganism and raw veganism.

“A 2009 research review indicated that vegan diets tend to be higher in dietary fibre, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron and phytochemicals, and lower in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, calcium, zinc and vitamin B12. Well-planned vegan diets appear to offer protection against certain degenerative conditions, including heart disease, and are regarded as appropriate for all stages of the life-cycle by the American Dietetic Association, the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, and Dietitians of Canada. Because uncontaminated plant foods do not provide vitamin B12 (which is produced by microorganisms such as bacteria), researchers agree that vegans should eat B12-fortified foods or take a supplement.

Vegan food can be downright delicious when well prepared………

Making it possible to support the forgotten Viet Nam Buddhist slogan that, I am sure, is strongly supported by the “Phu Quoc Ridgeback Dog Association”:

“Let’s All Become “Doggone” “Vegan”……….;+)


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