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Household raises cows in densely-populated area in Ho Chi Minh City

Household raises cows in densely-populated area in Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 08:18 GMT+7
Household raises cows in densely-populated area in Ho Chi Minh City
A bird’s-eye view of the household raising cows in a densely-populated residential area in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Phuong Nhi / Tuoi Tre

Many residents have expressed concerns about a household raising cows in a densely-populated residential area in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City for years.

The household in question is located down Alley 100 on Nguyen Quy Anh Street in Tan Son Nhi Ward, Tan Phu District.

This household has been raising five cows within their residence, shielded by high gates and walls. 

Despite the walls, the pervasive odor of cow manure impacts the lives of nearby residents.

Since 2020, local people have consistently reported this matter to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper. 

Most recently, during a meeting with the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council delegation, concerns about this situation were conveyed to the delegates. 

N.N.T., a resident of Tan Son Nhi Ward, highlighted the persistent discomfort of smelling the stench of cow dung, which is especially prevalent during the rainy season. 

She questioned the adequacy of current regulations governing poultry and livestock in urban areas, emphasizing the household’s apparent inability to address the issue over the years.

In response, Nguyen Cong Chanh, deputy chairman of the People’s Committee of Tan Phu District, expressed surprise at the concept of raising cows in residential areas. 

He recommended that Tan Son Nhi Ward collaborate with relevant local authorities to address the matter in accordance with the law on livestock, underscoring the need to prevent residential areas from becoming unsanitary.

However, Tan Son Nhi Ward leaders claimed to lack fundamental enforcement measures, as the current livestock laws, which prohibit livestock farming in unauthorized city areas, fall short in specifying those areas. 

This poses challenges not only for Tan Son Nhi Ward but also for other localities in imposing sanctions.

Taking a proactive stance, Tan Son Nhi Ward contacted a buyer to purchase the cows on November 25. 

The household in question agreed to sell the animals, but uncertainty lingers regarding the potential recurrence of this situation.

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