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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

Aug 20, 2014 Jody Lewis-Zajac
Aug 20, 2014 Alexnadra Tabler
Aug 19, 2014 Michelle Houghton
Aug 19, 2014 Malena Stewart
Aug 19, 2014 Angela Howard
Aug 19, 2014 anne carlson
Aug 19, 2014 sharon simmons
Aug 19, 2014 Joseph Fry
Aug 19, 2014 Marlene Shaffer
Aug 19, 2014 Mike Jarrett
Aug 19, 2014 Cori Craft
Aug 19, 2014 Alice Long Regardless of culture, please stop eating dogs and cats. Even pigs should not be eaten, but that's another story.
Aug 18, 2014 Linda Reynolds, Ed.S.
Aug 18, 2014 Jennifer Damon
Aug 18, 2014 Yuki Mueller
Aug 17, 2014 Athena Istas
Aug 17, 2014 Penny Porta
Aug 17, 2014 Terri Henry
Aug 17, 2014 tammy barton
Aug 17, 2014 shawna segovia This is horrible! I didn't know you were such a backwoods country! Shame on you!!
Aug 17, 2014 Harel Broderick
Aug 17, 2014 Donna Blair
Aug 17, 2014 Melissa Renninger Why is this kind of ignorance still going on in 2014? Seems to me there is so much food in this world that is thrown away on a daily basis that maybe we should consider donating to the countries that don't have enough. Please stop this from happening:(
Aug 17, 2014 Brenda Groves
Aug 17, 2014 Shelly Armas No one should eat dogs. They are not meant to be food on our table.
Aug 17, 2014 Heather Ennis
Aug 17, 2014 Heather Wolfinbarger
Aug 17, 2014 TINA Springer
Aug 17, 2014 Janelle Huerd
Aug 17, 2014 Machteld Wierenga stop that beasts are eating animals like dogs.
Aug 17, 2014 Mariam Luch Dogs are not a delicacy
Aug 17, 2014 Lisa Morris
Aug 17, 2014 fanny MABON
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2014 Priscilla DaCosta
Aug 16, 2014 Juliet Ganpat
Aug 16, 2014 Linda Thomas Dogs are pets, not food.
Aug 16, 2014 Karen Toner
Aug 16, 2014 Deborah Bailey That is a shame. Dogs Are mens best friend not a meal
Aug 16, 2014 Theresa DeLuca
Aug 16, 2014 Danielle Wisehart
Aug 16, 2014 Marcia Bissett
Aug 16, 2014 Laura Hopkins
Aug 16, 2014 heather pitcox
Aug 16, 2014 Ashley Jeffrey Animals need rights.
Aug 16, 2014 Colleen Kane-Vukovich
Aug 16, 2014 mary jane tarrow
Aug 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 16, 2014 Elba Bond

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