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Local charity desperate to rescue lame dog from cruel animal circus

12 May 2017

The sight of a dog limping in investigative footage of a cruel animal circus in Vietnam has prompted an offer of rescue from a local charity.


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The heart-breaking Animals Asia footage of a seemingly lame dog pulling a macaque in a miniature cart at Vietnam’s Can Gio Bioreserve has prompted local animal group Yeu Dong Vat Foundation (Love Animals Foundation) to offer to rescue ALL the dogs suffering in the circus.

While the plight of the circuses’ monkeys has made international headlines, the limping adult dog was spotted by numerous animal lovers who will welcome the news.

Yeu Dong Vat Founder Vi Thao Nguyen said:

“Obviously this dog needs vet care and ongoing support to see if the damaged limb can be mended or if painful, can be managed.

“Beyond this Yeu Dong Vat are willing to rescue, rehabilitate and find foster homes for all of the dogs in the circus and make sure they receive the best care possible – it’s the least they deserve."

Animals Asia vet Mandala Hunter-Ishikawa said on viewing the footage:

"This poor little dog is quite lame in the left front leg, to a point where he or she is holding the leg up when running. When animals are non-weight bearing on a limb, it means pain – although it's hard to tell if it is a new or old injury from the video. 

“A thorough exam and pain medication should be provided for this dog who is obviously suffering. It is sad to see not only wild animals being forced to perform in these conditions, but the apparent neglect of our domestic friends as well. These poor animals need help as soon as possible."

The cruel performances were first made public last month by Animals Asia, which has called on both UNESCO – who have accredited the national park – and the park’s management to end the barbaric shows.

However, despite UNESCO declaring in a letter that such performances are, “unacceptable, especially at a biosphere that was accredited by UNESCO, and should be completely shut down” the performances continue.

To date, nearly 25,000 people have urged UNESCO and the Can Gio management to end the cruel exploitation of animals at their reserve via an Animals Asia petition.

Animals Asia’s Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen said:

“The pressure is building on UNESCO and Can Gio to act. Everybody is trying to help them. It is becoming increasingly easy for them to do the right thing – to end their contract with the circus, allow lame animals to be rescued and to make clear to everybody that such cruelty can never be acceptable in Vietnam’s national parks.

“There is absolutely no educational value in such performances – in fact, it’s the opposite. These shows give our children false information about the value of animals and their natural behaviours. It is time for this prestigious facility to do the right thing and set an example for the rest of the country to follow.”


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