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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 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) Dogs are just like humans they are our best friends their more loyal than us humans they love us unconditionally how dare do people do this to this poor inoffensive dogs this is horrible inhuman and cruel we need to stop this NOW.
Jul 28, 2014 Sevim Guloglu
Jul 28, 2014 Kristie Molitor Please help stop the dog meat trade because pets/dogs are loving and they deserve to be loved and not hurt.
Jul 28, 2014 carol shaw
Jul 28, 2014 Laurie Moss
Jul 28, 2014 janice seminole
Jul 28, 2014 Justine Fehler This breaks my heart and makes me so angry that these poor dogs are treated like this it's disgusting and I can't believe we let this happen it's not right and needs to be stopped . These people need to be punished or shot I no which I would go for.
Jul 28, 2014 Anastasia Sabadash
Jul 28, 2014 Helen Federico
Jul 28, 2014 Carole Morrad
Jul 28, 2014 Nicole Maurer
Jul 28, 2014 alicia pereira
Jul 28, 2014 Cecilia Banner The unfettered, unimaginable cruelty shoved on these poor innocent sentient animals makes me want to rip the heads off of anyone who does this. I am so enraged, so appalled. You people are disgusting, living in the dark ages, come out of your caves!!!!
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is barbaric! Stop it NOW. Dogs were not put on earth and given the intelligence they have for 'animals' like you, to treat them this way!
Jul 28, 2014 Sue Mullins People that abuse any living thing are not human and should not be treated as such. I cannot fathom cruelty to any living thing.
Jul 28, 2014 Steven Fosnaugh Dogs and all other animals are above humans and are here to be taken care of by humans. In the end, whomever you believe in, Allah, Budha, or God, you will be held to account. Have respect for earth's flora nd fauna.
Jul 28, 2014 Irene Setiadarma
Jul 28, 2014 Jackie Malone
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Handan Işın ÖZIŞIK KARAMAN
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 David Best
Jul 28, 2014 Sherry DeLano
Jul 28, 2014 amanda winfield This is disgusting & can't believe it's allowed in this day and age! Completely heartbroken for those poor dogs. I find it appauling that dogs are eaten anyway, but to make them suffer beforehand is unforgiveable! Get this barbaric, cruelty STOPPED!
Jul 28, 2014 elif inanç
Jul 28, 2014 Lisa Cooper Stop this from happening
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Angela Clough
Jul 28, 2014 mon holland it has to stop
Jul 28, 2014 Carla Hoeben Stop this meat trade at once. thank you
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Lina Rönningberg
Jul 28, 2014 Elcin Tamolcen
Jul 28, 2014 Aishling M
Jul 28, 2014 yalda fallahi
Jul 28, 2014 Deborah Frederick
Jul 28, 2014 Rebecca Rogers Dogs are a mans bestfriend , not his food
Jul 28, 2014 Sabine Danelon
Jul 28, 2014 emma mayo
Jul 28, 2014 christina turpin Go kill each other! Leave the animals alone
Jul 28, 2014 Alistair Brown Cruel evil bastards, they need killin themselves not dogs etc :-(
Jul 28, 2014 Maudy Maharani
Jul 28, 2014 Jacob Smith
Jul 28, 2014 Kirsty Measures
Jul 28, 2014 hulya demirvuran
Jul 27, 2014 hande solmaz
Jul 27, 2014 Mark Trotman This trade must be stopped!

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