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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

Sep 2, 2014 Yuanhsin Teng
Sep 2, 2014 Margarita Chartschenko
Sep 2, 2014 YiJiun LIn
Sep 2, 2014 Tanja Schäfer
Sep 2, 2014 Yvent Yeh Dogs are friends not foods
Sep 2, 2014 anna hung Please help the dogs in vietnam
Sep 1, 2014 Liao Chia-Yu 請停止迫害人類有歷史以來,最忠誠的朋友。
Sep 1, 2014 Sarah Krause
Sep 1, 2014 Barbara Lamb
Sep 1, 2014 elvira molina que Deus faça Justiça
Sep 1, 2014 文慧 鄭
Sep 1, 2014 Ker Maggie Too cruel & pitiful.
Sep 1, 2014 Wendy Burdg This illegal and inhumane actvactivity must be stopped ASAP
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Bear Bera
Sep 1, 2014 Júlia Bortolini Moschetta
Sep 1, 2014 Lucy Ferreira
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Brittany Paral
Sep 1, 2014 Cindy Leki
Sep 1, 2014 Márcia Bozzetti Moreira
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Mary Woerner
Sep 1, 2014 Jack Lee
Sep 1, 2014 Gladis Mello
Sep 1, 2014 sirlene colpani
Sep 1, 2014 séverine LANNEAU
Sep 1, 2014 karlla jean
Sep 1, 2014 Lily LoveDog
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Michelle Bean
Sep 1, 2014 Joao Ruivo
Sep 1, 2014 Katia Chiaretti
Sep 1, 2014 Colin Jenkins
Sep 1, 2014 Sabrina Renault
Sep 1, 2014 sheylah silveira
Sep 1, 2014 Sheila Reikdal
Sep 1, 2014 Hannah Ward
Sep 1, 2014 Jolini Cristina
Sep 1, 2014 george zibary
Sep 1, 2014 Maria Borg
Sep 1, 2014 Cornelia Czornei
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Antonio Vital
Sep 1, 2014 Venancio Favela
Sep 1, 2014 Janine Roome-Smith
Sep 1, 2014 Brochard Patricia Stop à la cruauté envers les animaux
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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