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The dog meat trade in Vietnam is horrific, illegal, and inhumane - and must be stopped.

Dogs are stolen from loving families and off the streets in Thailand. These poor dogs are then thrown into overcrowded crates, which are stacked and illegally transported by truck and by boat into other countries; particularly Vietnam, where dog meat has become a sought-after delicacy.

Poor treatment, dehydration, and starvation lead to rampant injury, disease, and death among the dogs during transport. Rabies, cholera, E. Coli, and distemper are all spread by this brutal trade, threatening animal and human populations. On arrival, surviving dogs are met with an inhumane death, their bodies sold to markets and restaurants for profit.

Three steps must be taken by the Vietnamese government to stop this trade. First, make the import of dogs for meat a punishable crime. Second, enforce the ban. Third, enact a media campaign against eating dog meat. The meat is being marketed as an expensive delicacy with health benefits. This awful myth must be publicly discredited to stem demand and protect public health, or the black market trade will continue.

Sign now. Help us stop the dog meat trade.

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Ms. Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến, Minister, Ministry of Health of Vietnam

We are outraged to learn of the illegal trade in and inhumane, unsanitary treatment of dogs as a meat commodity in your country.

The dogs that are being sold for consumption undergo a horrific process. It begins with theft. Many of these dogs are pets, stolen from families that love them; others are illegally gathered from the streets in neighboring countries. These dogs are then thrown into overcrowded crates, often a dozen or more in each one. The crates are stacked and loaded onto large trucks to be transported illegally across borders.

The dogs in the crates are left to suffer from dehydration, starvation, injury, and disease during the course of their journey. When they arrive in poor condition, many are already dead, and communicable diseases like rabies, cholera, E. Coli, and distemper are rampant - and can easily spread into local animal and human populations. Nonetheless, their bodies are of such value as meat that decaying bodies are treated to hide the decay, barbecued, and sold to an unsuspecting populace. The living dogs suffer just as much, meeting an inhumane death at the hands of inexpert workers and being sold under unsanitary conditions to those who will cook it up for profit.

You cannot stop this trade through laws on paper alone. You need to put three steps into practice:

  1. Make the illegal import of dogs a punishable crime.
  2. Enforce the ban consistently and quickly.
  3. You need to start a widespread media campaign against eating dog meat.

You see, dog meat is being marketed as a delicacy with health benefits. It costs more than pork, and is in high demand in meat markets and restaurants. Your media campaign should portray the dog meat trade for what it really is: cruel, illegal, and a real danger to the public.

Take these three actions, and maybe we'll see the end of this underground, unsanitary, and inhumane practice.

Petition Signatures


Jul 22, 2014 Hanneke Vischer
Jul 22, 2014 Desiree Yspeert
Jul 22, 2014 Susan Benfield Absolutely barbaric. Are these people normal??
Jul 22, 2014 trent blue time two stop it
Jul 22, 2014 alexia schauer
Jul 22, 2014 isabel goed
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 meintje van ijzendoorn-punter
Jul 22, 2014 jenni j
Jul 22, 2014 Tineke Molenaar
Jul 22, 2014 Mandy Gerritse
Jul 22, 2014 Nel Westerhof
Jul 22, 2014 Wilma Lagrand Horrible!!!!
Jul 22, 2014 Melanie Padberg
Jul 22, 2014 Miriam schiro This is pure inanity n must b stopped. Many r emotional hurt knowing this is going on. This is extremely traumatizing for alot of us humans. It MUST B STOPPED
Jul 22, 2014 Karen Linn Stop the dog meat trade. Its barbaric and disgusting. The rest of the civilized world deplores it.
Jul 22, 2014 Mary Bogaert stop the cruelty against animals !!!
Jul 22, 2014 Theo Peters
Jul 22, 2014 John Devereaux Respect animals
Jul 22, 2014 Lilian vankan-helebrand
Jul 22, 2014 T S
Jul 22, 2014 Mary-ann Kelly Stop dog meat trade!
Jul 22, 2014 James Lewis While hungry people will do whatever it takes,to feed themselves & families...The mistreatment of the dogs should be STOPPED!
Jul 22, 2014 Monika Osman
Jul 22, 2014 kerry gilling
Jul 22, 2014 Michael Hendricks Jr Please stop the dog meat trade in Vietnam and around the world!
Jul 22, 2014 DARLA WAGNER
Jul 22, 2014 Mj Weber
Jul 22, 2014 Nicholas Hughes
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please stop this!
Jul 22, 2014 Floortje Van es
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Jeannette van Renesse
Jul 22, 2014 Patricia Wagensveld
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 wen spekman
Jul 22, 2014 Kelly Lowery
Jul 22, 2014 Mariagrazia Altobelli
Jul 22, 2014 Petra Piot
Jul 22, 2014 Robert Oomen
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Jan Durgen
Jul 22, 2014 Susan Woodall
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Bettina Ehrhardt
Jul 22, 2014 Jayne Dandy
Jul 22, 2014 Debbie Campo I can't even begin to think that it's allowed, this is way beyond horrific......what the hell is wrong with people
Jul 22, 2014 Gareth Hughes
Jul 22, 2014 gia fit help them understand the dogs are no food.neither are cats!
Jul 21, 2014 diana bryant

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