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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 21, 2015 jane wilson
Apr 20, 2015 Dianne Bradshaw Dogs should be pets NOT a meal on the plate.
Apr 20, 2015 Sara Steele The horrific, illegal, inhumane dog meat trade must be stopped. Dogs are companion animals, trusting and loyal, friends forever, and should be treated as such.
Apr 20, 2015 Judy Knott
Apr 20, 2015 Bridget Gowan
Apr 20, 2015 Diane Gudatis
Apr 20, 2015 Al Lindstrom
Apr 20, 2015 Aimee Wells
Apr 20, 2015 vero vero
Apr 20, 2015 Zoi Vardaki
Apr 20, 2015 devona marsh This is beyond inhumane!
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 Barbara Hhudspith
Apr 20, 2015 sue zimmer stop tourism, stop buying products from these countries - disgusting
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 carine tanagila
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 Loly Diaz STOP ABUSE !!
Apr 20, 2015 Kristin Wise
Apr 20, 2015 Stefanie Lamsen
Apr 20, 2015 Gina Dhrout
Apr 20, 2015 Csanádi Ibolya
Apr 20, 2015 Sandra shorrosh
Apr 20, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2015 Anne-Katrin John
Apr 19, 2015 marita holländer
Apr 19, 2015 Jasmin Naumann
Apr 19, 2015 Titia Estrella
Apr 19, 2015 Judy Cagnina Ms. Kim, I understand that what we think of as food may differ from your country but in this day and age dogs are no longer food and should not be sold as such. It's acts like these, that continue to keep your country from being progressive.
Apr 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2015 sheree bryant
Apr 19, 2015 Luis Perez
Apr 19, 2015 cecilia veronesi
Apr 19, 2015 Johanna Wasström
Apr 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2015 ewa rutkowska
Apr 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2015 janine boulogne
Apr 19, 2015 Darlene Sassone This is the most horrific thing I've ever seen.
Apr 19, 2015 nuri sujarno
Apr 19, 2015 Peter Ellis
Apr 19, 2015 Louise Jefferson
Apr 19, 2015 Matthias Häfner
Apr 19, 2015 Heather Tate
Apr 19, 2015 mike wood revert back to cannabalism......eventually you'll become extinct

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