Illustrative Image — 24hnews.vn By Hồng Minh When your phone rings and the number of the caller identified is your child’s school, most parents’ hearts will skip a beat. Thankfully, the majority of the calls mums and dads get from teachers are all fairly routine, mundane issues. Worse case most of the time is maybe your child has slipped in the playground. Grazed a knee perhaps, or suffered a bump on the head. Nothing that can’t be fixed with an Elastoplast or a little TLC. Last week cells phones belonging to parents of children at one kindergarten in the northern province of Bắc Ninh would have been buzzing like crazy. These calls were not coming from the school, but other, anxious parents. Rumours of problems with food at the school had spread like, well, like a contagious disease. Photographs of contaminated meat were being passed around, and parents had reason to be concerned. One child confirmed ill, then another. Then another and … [Read more...] about You are what you eat, which is why are children must eat right
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South Korean attitudes on canines are divided -- about one million dogs are eaten every year in the country, often as a summertime delicacy. But the tradition is declining as the nation increasingly embraces the idea of dogs as pets, with eating them now something of a taboo among young South Koreans. For years, Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) has spearheaded campaigns to rescue canines from dogmeat farms across the country, accumulating some 23,000 members and around two billion won ($1.8 million) in annual donations. South Korean President Moon Jae-in -- who is a known animal lover with several dogs -- adopted a small black and white mongrel from CARE when he came to office in 2017. Staff members at CARE told the Hankyoreh newspaper that the organization's head, Park So-yeon, had more than 230 rescued dogs destroyed because of a shortage of space at the shelter. The number was equivalent to around a quarter of the animals the group rescued in the period, according to the … [Read more...] about Top S. Korean animal rights group slammed for destroying dogs
Tuan Bendixsen, chief representative of the Animals Asia Foundation (AAF) in Vietnam, said his organization is with Hanoi authorities on the ending of killing and eating dogs. “This is not a cultural issue. We do not discuss whether people eat or do not eat dog meat. The problem to be discussed here is that the AAF has a lot of evidence proving the cruelty in the entire process of killing dogs for meat, from transporting, confining to slaughtering them. “It is not right to treat dogs as farm animals like chickens, pigs or cows. And what’s more is that it is almost impossible to distinguish a dog raised in a farm for meat from those stolen from a family. “We all know the dog is a loyal and loving animal. They protect and look after their owners, play with children and support sick and old people. Dogs are not just animals but a member of the society and a good friend of humans.” Animals Asia is a Hong Kong-based charity that seeks to end cruelty to animals … [Read more...] about Animal charity backs Hanoi decree against eating dogs
Humans tamed dogs a long time ago, as far back as 18,000 BC. They domesticated pigs (13,000 BC) and cows (10,000 BC) much later. If our ancestors had decided that dogs were meant to be eaten like pigs or cows or chickens, there would have been no debate on this topic. The ancient tomes on Vietnamese cuisine have never mentioned anything about dog meat. Before 1930, Hanoi only had one or two food stalls that sold dog meat. In the south, almost nobody did. While there are some irrational beliefs associated with eating dog meat, at least in Vietnam, I think people should also consider the following facts. First, dog meat isn’t as nutritious as people might think. On the contrary, the risks associated with eating it are real. Dog meat might contain parasitic worms, like the infamous Toxocara canis, which can result in blindness, myocarditis and respiratory failure. Rabies is another legitimate concern. While the virus itself can be destroyed under high temperatures while cooking, … [Read more...] about Why dogs are not meant to be eaten
We've been warned repeatedly about the health perils of being out-of-sync with our body clocks. Are we eating in the right way for these circadian rhythms, and could changing our mealtime habits boost our health and help us lose weight? 'Breakfast like a king' What did you eat this morning for breakfast or lunch? The chances are it wasn't steak and chips, chickpea curry or anything else you might normally have for dinner. Yet some scientists believe eating more of our daily calories earlier in the day - and shifting mealtimes earlier in general - could be good for our health. One study found women who were trying to lose weight lost more when they had lunch earlier in the day, while another linked eating later breakfasts to having a higher body mass index. "There's already a very old saying, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper, and I think there's some truth in that," says Dr Gerda Pot, a visiting lecturer in nutritional sciences at King's College … [Read more...] about Are we eating at the wrong time for our body clocks?