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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

Apr 1, 2015 Julia Lauren
Apr 1, 2015 Kim Crockett
Apr 1, 2015 naomi thompson
Apr 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) We should ban all imports from these counties who are continually cruel to animals.
Apr 1, 2015 Donna Pettit I hope the people that participate in this vike act I hope they die a slow painful death just like what they put these poor animals through
Apr 1, 2015 erika Ochsenhofer
Apr 1, 2015 darlene nix
Apr 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 1, 2015 lenore meyers
Apr 1, 2015 Shomitha Shashika Rambaran
Apr 1, 2015 marilyn simmons
Apr 1, 2015 blazenka vilotic
Apr 1, 2015 Marlene Ernst
Apr 1, 2015 Diane Franks
Apr 1, 2015 raili könönen
Apr 1, 2015 Sandra Etchell
Apr 1, 2015 g. galvin
Apr 1, 2015 lisa Dunlop
Apr 1, 2015 luizfernandode goespontes Como pode um governo ser tão omisso, e um povo tão cruel? Filhos do demônio
Apr 1, 2015 boi marilyne
Apr 1, 2015 linda samarrepa
Apr 1, 2015 Diona Fitch
Apr 1, 2015 Lucy Santos
Apr 1, 2015 Ray Burton
Apr 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 1, 2015 MILLELIRI Françoise
Apr 1, 2015 Francesca Robinson - 01277 245867 make it illegal and make it quick!!!!
Apr 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 1, 2015 Freda Adams a person does not NEED meat, eat a vegetable. This is NOT "hunting" this is like taking a child or a elderly person, and eating them.
Apr 1, 2015 Tanya Jenkins
Apr 1, 2015 vanessa caselli
Apr 1, 2015 Marese Cooney This has to stop
Apr 1, 2015 mary-ann easton
Apr 1, 2015 Denise Wood
Apr 1, 2015 David Saccoccia
Apr 1, 2015 Yael Shimshin
Apr 1, 2015 tania lucas
Apr 1, 2015 sylwia zapart
Apr 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) Evil people evil trade
Apr 1, 2015 jen Weimann
Apr 1, 2015 Sonja Isaaks
Mar 31, 2015 lydia zink
Mar 31, 2015 Silvia Raum
Mar 31, 2015 Barry Richardson
Mar 31, 2015 Allie Uncapher
Mar 31, 2015 Analia Trevisan
Mar 31, 2015 cristiana vicente
Mar 31, 2015 kalila fung stop
Mar 31, 2015 (Name not displayed) estoy en contra del maltrato

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