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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 3, 2015 Denise Zamora-Banks
Jul 3, 2015 Liana Carbon
Jul 3, 2015 Sherin Nagra
Jul 3, 2015 Melissa McCage
Jul 3, 2015 kathleen fernandez
Jul 3, 2015 Pam Mattioda Anyone notice the innocent yet terrified eyes of the victims stuffed into a net tortured & cooked ALIVE? STOP THIS HIDEOUS EVENT. Or the citizens should suffer their demise in the same fashion. DISCUSTING!!!
Jul 3, 2015 Heidi Block Vile disgusting. This must stop. We can all live without eating dogs and cats. Only the person who has never known the love of an animal Unconditional ! This must stop
Jul 3, 2015 Arleen Jennings Horrible, horrible.
Jul 3, 2015 haley Norriss
Jul 3, 2015 Cynthia Keith
Jul 3, 2015 Tim Origin
Jul 3, 2015 renate ludwig STOPPT !!!
Jul 3, 2015 Rebecca Doyle Leave these poor defenseless animals alone. They are loving companions not food!!!!
Jul 3, 2015 lesley mackintosh
Jul 2, 2015 Wanda Priesemann
Jul 2, 2015 paola mata
Jul 2, 2015 Avery Leinova Dogs are meant to be our companions and helpmates, not our food.The practice of eating dog meat is barbaric and must be stopped.
Jul 2, 2015 gniccky Benabdallah Stop all the abuse and killing on dogs ...enough is enough.
Jul 2, 2015 H R
Jul 2, 2015 Sabine Sturmlechner
Jul 2, 2015 Lindsay Elliott
Jul 2, 2015 Pierre Greiner
Jul 2, 2015 Alina Oliveira
Jul 2, 2015 Alicja Izydorczyk
Jul 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2015 Klára Bardová
Jul 1, 2015 sandra gubler
Jul 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2015 lucarini emanuele
Jul 1, 2015 Miklos Bosarge
Jul 1, 2015 Adam Fransella
Jul 1, 2015 Janet Bushey
Jul 1, 2015 judith dam
Jul 1, 2015 Janl Lunsford
Jul 1, 2015 Gina Harlan Dogs are not meat. They are people with fur. Please stop the insane slaying of these precious animals immediately.
Jul 1, 2015 Marie Pfierman
Jul 1, 2015 pranay chaturvedi Humans will extinct
Jul 1, 2015 Petra Schumacher
Jun 30, 2015 Gunjan Raghuwanshi
Jun 30, 2015 Merethe Martinsen
Jun 30, 2015 Marilyn Davis
Jun 30, 2015 Paul Unrue
Jun 30, 2015 Marg Hoop If anything needs to be stopped NOW, this does. It's not a delicacy; it's extremely cruel. Their bodies have diseases, they are stolen pets, and their bodies may be decayed and being eaten by Vietnamese people.
Jun 30, 2015 AURORE Talloen
Jun 30, 2015 Mary Kay Beattie
Jun 30, 2015 jacklyn salleh
Jun 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) I understand some people have it worse off and maybe dog/cats are the only things you have to eat, and that's not your fault. But please, be more humane about it.
Jun 30, 2015 Fatima Daniel
Jun 30, 2015 Calvin Johnson
Jun 30, 2015 christine burgess

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