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Vietnam Clamps Down Hard On Hamsters

by | 7th, March 2008

vietnam-hamster.JPGYOU can’t buy a hamster in Vietnam, not for love nor money.

You cannot possess a hamster. You cannot take a hamster out for dinner. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Health Department (etc.) says anyone caught with a hamster will be fined up to 30m dong [insert adolescent chuckle].

The powers that be say hamsters are dirty. Hamsters spread disease. Hamsters make you sick.

Officials have also expressed concern that the animals are imported from China and Thailand without proper licensing or controls.

In a tropical Asian country like Vietnam, hamsters are not a traditional pet of choice.
That role has normally been held by various types of fish.

You can eat a fish. But can you at a hamster?

Is it a hamster? Here’s the inevitable clip…



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