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The Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival is one of the most horrific “festivals” in the world. For the event—which takes place on the ninth day of the eighth month of the Vietnamese lunar calendar—buffaloes are forced to fight each other and then all of them are killed, whether they win or lose. This is cruelty to animals, not culture or heritage worth preserving.
See the unbearable cruelty for yourself:
Buffaloes forced to compete in this festival are bought from neighboring countries such as Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar. Buffaloes used for fighting must meet certain criteria: they must be least 4 years of age and have a wide chest, bow-shaped horns, toned thighs, and a long tail.
They are kept in isolation, fed an unnatural diet, and arduously trained to promote aggression. Their horns are sharpened before and between fights—and they are even drugged.
Once the festival is over, all the buffaloes used for fighting are slaughtered, as the local residents believe it will bring them "good fortune and security".
Urge VNPT to Withdraw Support for This Archaic Bloodbath
The torture and killing of animals have never brought anything good into the world, and culture and tradition are no excuse for cruelty. Furthermore, most Vietnamese people do not support the Do Son Buffalo Fighting Festival but want it to end.
At present, as many as 12,000 people have signed a petition calling on Vietnam’s minister of culture, sports, and tourism to revoke the national cultural heritage status of the festival and ban all buffalo fighting festivals nationwide.
Unfortunately, one of the country’s leading companies, VNPT (Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group), continues to fund this archaic bloodbath. Please take a moment to send the company a message asking it immediately to terminate its long-standing support for this cruel festival.