Vietnam Holds Its First-Ever Cat Show But Why?

Published February 17th, 2020 - 06:59 GMT

Vietnam, where cats are viewed by some as food, hosted its first-ever cat show, gathering around 60 pedigree cats.

The event organizer said the aim was to make people see that cats are worthy of love. Cats are not a sign of bad luck as much Vietnamese think and should be filled with love.

The capital, Hanoi, introduced a ban on eating cats in 2018 but it is still allowed elsewhere.

Seven cats won “best of class” awards and one, Timosa Sumo, won the heart not just of judges but of the public, which applauded him enthusiastically.

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A judge holds a cat during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A judge holds a cat during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A participant poses with his cat Burny, a British longhair breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A participant poses with his cat Burny, a British longhair breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A judge holds a cat during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A judge holds a cat during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A participant wearing a protective facemask trains his cat Baxo, a Persian breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A participant wearing a protective facemask trains his cat Baxo, a Persian breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

Visitors wearing a protective facemask look at Mochi, a highland fold breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

Visitors wearing a protective facemask look at Mochi, a highland fold breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A man wearing a protective facemask carries his kitten on his back-pack during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A man wearing a protective facemask carries his kitten on his back-pack during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A participant poses with her cat Uslada, a British shorthair breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A participant poses with her cat Uslada, a British shorthair breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A participant wearing a protective facemask combs her cat Winter Sonata, a Persian breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A participant wearing a protective facemask combs her cat Winter Sonata, a Persian breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A participant sits with his cat Julian, a sphinx breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A participant sits with his cat Julian, a sphinx breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

A judge holds a cat during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant poses with his cat Burny, a British longhair breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A judge holds a cat during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant wearing a protective facemask trains his cat Baxo, a Persian breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
Visitors wearing a protective facemask look at Mochi, a highland fold breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A man wearing a protective facemask carries his kitten on his back-pack during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant poses with her cat Uslada, a British shorthair breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant wearing a protective facemask combs her cat Winter Sonata, a Persian breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant sits with his cat Julian, a sphinx breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A judge holds a cat during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A judge holds a cat during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant poses with his cat Burny, a British longhair breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant poses with his cat Burny, a British longhair breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A judge holds a cat during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A judge holds a cat during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant wearing a protective facemask trains his cat Baxo, a Persian breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant wearing a protective facemask trains his cat Baxo, a Persian breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
Visitors wearing a protective facemask look at Mochi, a highland fold breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
Visitors wearing a protective facemask look at Mochi, a highland fold breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A man wearing a protective facemask carries his kitten on his back-pack during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A man wearing a protective facemask carries his kitten on his back-pack during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant poses with her cat Uslada, a British shorthair breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant poses with her cat Uslada, a British shorthair breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020 amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant wearing a protective facemask combs her cat Winter Sonata, a Persian breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant wearing a protective facemask combs her cat Winter Sonata, a Persian breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant sits with his cat Julian, a sphinx breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP
A participant sits with his cat Julian, a sphinx breed during Vietnam's first national cat show in Hanoi on February 16, 2020. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP