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Protest letter to the brutal festival at Nem Thuong Village, Vietnam, in which pig is cut in half

February 3, 2012



Please protest the brutal festival at Nem Thuong village, Vietnam, in which a pig is drawn and butchered in half while fully conscious.

This is one Vietnamese festival that makes even non-animal lovers cringe.

Every year near Hanoi, thousands of people from the village and nearby villages will gather to smear the blood of the pig on their banknotes in the belief that it would bring luck in the new year. The festival is known as the most brutal in the country and is condemned by many, including some who called on the government to stop the festival.


Please copy and paste the below text and send it to the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam using their contact form on their website (please note that for Title, I entered Ms, and I did not put anything it the “Choose File Content” and my message still went through):

You can also send an email to the embassy of Vietnam in your country, or to your country’s embassy in Vietnam. Email addresses can easily be found using the following online portal:

Use the following information for the embassy in US, other countries, please use the above link:

Embassy of Vietnam United States
1233 20th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Tel: 202-861-0737

Hotline for Consular Affairs: 202-716-8666 or   202-739-1666

Fax: 202-861-0917

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To Whom It Concerns,

I wish to express my deep concern about animal cruelty being conducted in the name of tradition in Vietnam.

On 28th of January 2012 – like every year – citizens at Nem Thuong village have celebrated their cruel festival during which a pig is brutally chopped into two. Every year, thousands of people from the village and nearby villages gather to smear the blood of the pig on their banknotes in the belief that it would bring luck in the new year. The festival is known as the most brutal in your country and is condemned by many, including some who called already on your government to stop the festival.

No one can adequately explain why these practices are carried out year after year – except to say they are “traditional”. This however is not a valid argument to continue these practices.

I urge the Government of Vietnam to abolish the above practice for the following reasons:

1. It hurts the animals – contrary to what many believe, animals suffer tremendously before and during such festivals.

2. It hurts us – cruelty against animals harms society as a whole; it signals and normalizes insensitivity in children who can become numb to the suffering of living beings. It is also known to influence certain people to commit violence to other humans.

3. It is bad for tourism – as tourists are abhorred by such practices, the festival will have an adverse effect on tourism, an industry which provides the country with much-needed financial returns. Those foreigners who experience or come to know of this practice leave Vietnam confused and with a heavy heart, rather than uplifted by its paradoxical beauty and friendliness.

I implore you to end these violent practice and help Vietnam move towards a truly peaceful country in keeping with its international image.

I trust that you will support these measures (which are becoming more widespread around the world) and thus promote non-violent cultural practices in Vietnam. Until such a time, however, I regret that it will be necessary to boycott Vietnam both as a tourist and by way of commerce and to encourage others to participate in a boycott as well.

Yours sincerely,



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Warning, very graphic

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sick has reached an all time low
there is not much further down
this could go
cruel, vicious, vile and foul
if man was the victim
so loud he would howl
this is not a festival
this is bloodshed
and pain
senseless, moronic
amoral and insane

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

27 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    February 3, 2012 7:15 pm

    sick has reached an all time low
    there is not much further down
    this could go
    cruel, vicious, vile and foul
    if man was the victim
    so loud he would howl
    this is not a festival
    this is bloodshed
    and pain
    senseless, moronic
    amoral and insane


  2. Fabienne Hendriks permalink
    February 4, 2012 2:04 pm

    TY sweetheart for sharing this on your blog! xxx


  3. mijngeweten permalink
    March 31, 2012 10:25 am

    this is why humans are disgusting…..


  4. Trine Rambøl permalink
    January 7, 2013 3:16 pm

    people should be better than this! These animals have feelings. Imagine if it was your own kid. Stop!


  5. January 26, 2013 12:58 am

    Only two days left until a poor pig will be subjected to this torture… What can we do? I have contacted Vietnam embassies around the world twice, but only one Ambassador replied. He said that he recently talked to the chairman in the district where the festival occur, and that they agreed to end it. But without a ban, it will probably continue.

    Do you have any info that indicates that they intend to ban it? I think a press release should be tried, to get mote public awareness about this horrendous cruelty.


    • January 26, 2013 11:26 am

      I have no additional information, nor did I receive any that even indicated that it was ending. If that was the information you received, why do you think it will continue? I contacted the relevant people in any case and will update should I receive a response. Thank you, Jenny, I am hopeful the information you received is accurate.


    • January 26, 2013 11:30 am

      Also, faxes are no longer allowed to the US embassy, which is angering: At the request of the receiver, faxes cannot be sent to 2028610917.


      • January 26, 2013 11:38 am

        I contacted PETA as well, to see what they know, if anything.


      • January 28, 2013 11:04 am

        I think the festival will continue as long as there is no ban, because it is a long and so called sacred tradition. I fear that it has been held today, and just hope it is over for the poor pig…

        I have contacted PETA earlier, together with other international animal welfare organisations. PETA was the only one who responded, saying that they sadly didn’t have recources to follow up every report of animal cruelty. But they did ask their supporters to contact their embassies.

        I have tried Animals Asia again, for the third time… They have a branch in Vietnam, and might be able to help. But maybe the fact that this happens “only” to one pig annually (hopefully not to more), is the reason for the little interest in this matter? I don’t know, just find it very strange that noone seem to be able to act…

        I hope we can continue to fight against this torture, until it has ended.


      • January 28, 2013 11:41 am

        I actually watched the video last year. It was one of the worst I have ever seen, and it haunts me to this day. I am clueless as to why there isn’t more action given the level of brutality involved. You are absolutely correct, and I thank you so much for all you do. I will look up Animals Asia as well and see if another push might help, but it sounds as if the pig has already been killed – ? I will contact them nevertheless, it certainly cannot hurt. Thank you for all you do, Jenny.


  6. torill permalink
    January 28, 2013 5:33 am

    STOP STOP STOP. Whats rong whit this people. Let the pig live. FU….this people. STOP


  7. Elaine de Souza permalink
    January 28, 2013 9:09 am

    Yo need to write a petition on Care2. It alcances many people.


  8. mingo permalink
    November 14, 2013 3:53 pm



  9. November 14, 2013 6:34 pm

    Reblogged this on " OUR WORLD".


  10. November 14, 2013 7:02 pm

    I saw an image of this some time, ago somewhere else, and thought it was a one-off. That was bad enough, but to see it is an annual event is appalling. It is so disgusting and barbaric. What on earth is wrong with these people. Those poor animals. How could anyone think this is alright. I have signed – I hope it does some good.


    • November 14, 2013 7:44 pm

      This is one of the worst I have ever seen. People are just evil to allow such depravity against our innocent animal friends. Thank you for your help.


  11. November 15, 2013 2:08 am

    Reblogged this on One Person, One World. and commented:
    Blood money has now another meaning… WHY does people feel the need to inflict such horrible pain to animals? How can you willingly stand there with hot blood pouring over your hands and say it’s a ‘tradition’?


    • November 15, 2013 5:34 pm

      I will forever be uncertain as to how people can commit such vile acts of evil. Thanks for sharing Cicci.


  12. Adam Hughes permalink
    November 15, 2013 5:47 am

    Reblogged this on Freedom For Cetaceans index.


  13. Sushma permalink
    July 18, 2014 10:15 am

    Humans r soo sick. Heights yar. Stop dis cruelty as soon as possible


  14. yean permalink
    January 29, 2016 10:25 am

    stop killing go vegan



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