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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

Dec 21, 2014 Giolanta Tsiola
Dec 21, 2014 Donna Casas
Dec 21, 2014 ingrid Reich
Dec 20, 2014 E Stephenson
Dec 20, 2014 Amy Snook
Dec 20, 2014 Katie Schwebke
Dec 20, 2014 Sierra Norman
Dec 20, 2014 Delcour Valérie
Dec 20, 2014 Bozena Klusek
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Dec 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 20, 2014 Lucy Newell
Dec 20, 2014 Malgorzata Ambroziak
Dec 20, 2014 Francesca Coleman
Dec 20, 2014 Cindy Guevin
Dec 20, 2014 Kristy Norton
Dec 20, 2014 Gregg Hipwell
Dec 19, 2014 Rebecca Thompson
Dec 19, 2014 Heather Hale
Dec 19, 2014 elaine hill Very inhumane!!
Dec 19, 2014 Pam Cadotte
Dec 19, 2014 Carrie Brinkos
Dec 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) These poor dogs. Dogs are my life, I could never imagine this happening anywhere no animal deserves to suffer like is, they all need homes!!
Dec 19, 2014 terri lombardi
Dec 19, 2014 Shannon Blair
Dec 19, 2014 Lily McCoy
Dec 19, 2014 Annette Sepega Perhaps we should just let go of all our humanity. Who's with me. Make cannibalism legal! After all it's beginning to look like man is the dumbest animal of all. Ugh! Dogs are man's best friend, not man's, best fried. Horrible!!!
Dec 19, 2014 Elzbieta Kijek
Dec 19, 2014 Ewelina Czajkowska
Dec 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2014 doriana santinato shame!! killers!!!
Dec 19, 2014 Anna Karczewska-Kwiatkowska
Dec 19, 2014 Karolina Bykowska
Dec 19, 2014 Zuzanna Szymańska
Dec 19, 2014 Anna Jędrzejec-Demniańczuk
Dec 19, 2014 Ela Karcz
Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 18, 2014 Jacek Janiak Big stop of this
Dec 18, 2014 ROBYN GROGAN
Dec 18, 2014 daniele presto
Dec 18, 2014 silvester kosev
Dec 18, 2014 Tess Dunlap
Dec 18, 2014 Denise Morton
Dec 18, 2014 Ninette Graugaard
Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 18, 2014 pari kazemi
Dec 18, 2014 patrick schimmel
Dec 18, 2014 daniel mccourt
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