HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam, where cats have been viewed in the past as food, hosted its first ever cat show on Sunday, gathering around 60 pedigree cats with feisty stage names such as Angry Alice, Di Maria The Great and Timosa Sumo.
The show, run by the World Cat Federation, the world’s largest federation for cats, featured a dozen different breeds. Event organizer Nguyen Xuan Son said the aim was to make people see that cats are worthy of love.
“We also want to form a national playground for pet owners to practice and gain experience before competing in international shows,” Son added.
Vietnam introduced a ban on eating cats in 2018.
“In a country where cats are still served as foods and stray cats being mistreated are popular, the event is a chance to raise awareness among people,” said Nguyen Dieu Hong, one of the attendees.
“Cat is not a sign of bad luck as many Vietnamese think and should be filled with love.”
Over the course of a day, judges poked and prodded…
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