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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 1, 2014 Steph Edwards
Aug 1, 2014 Lori Ugolik
Aug 1, 2014 Lesa Jackson
Aug 1, 2014 Francesca Macpherson This must be stopped, please it's breaking my heart. How can innocent people on the MH17 Malaysia flight be killed but people like this get to live and get to be so cruel everyday of their lives?
Aug 1, 2014 julia clancey
Aug 1, 2014 Bill Mayfield Are children next?most murders start this way.
Aug 1, 2014 Marquita Church These are companion animals, not food!
Aug 1, 2014 Robyn Sharpe
Aug 1, 2014 Ella Slomian
Aug 1, 2014 Lisa Martinez This is simply barbaric and simply horrendous! Now words can describe the fear and terror these dogs must feel nor their horrific death!
Aug 1, 2014 Rossemary Anderson This is a disgusting obscenity shame on you and your backward evil practices
Aug 1, 2014 Jessica Humber
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed) This inhumane behavior towards live animals is beyond belief and sickening
Aug 1, 2014 Tamar Skidmore
Aug 1, 2014 Samantha Dimes
Aug 1, 2014 gallarotti jeanine
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed) disgusting, disgusting, disgusting......i would rather starve than eat dog meat....
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2014 Lenčka Slapar
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2014 Incognito Jones
Aug 1, 2014 James Samouel
Aug 1, 2014 Sami Wong
Aug 1, 2014 Tresa Frazier
Aug 1, 2014 Nancy Hecko
Aug 1, 2014 Julia Frank
Aug 1, 2014 luminita donca
Aug 1, 2014 linky wendel
Aug 1, 2014 Jennifer Ritter
Aug 1, 2014 Sylvia Bowman Dogs are wonderful animals who are the best friends of humans!! It is immoral to abuse them and treat them in this extremely cruel manner just so people can eat them!!!
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2014 Elizabeth Inserra
Aug 1, 2014 Claire Whittaker
Aug 1, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Aug 1, 2014 Fran Bonfanti I don't want my dog to e eaten, why would we want to eat one any way.... meat is the worst thing to eat no matter what animal it is. please stop killing
Aug 1, 2014 Angelika Kübler-Weber
Aug 1, 2014 Stefan Sammer
Aug 1, 2014 D Palmer
Aug 1, 2014 Lori Rice
Aug 1, 2014 Linda Ellerton
Aug 1, 2014 Kathryn Poole this is terrible and abuse, please, please stop.
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2014 anette stauske
Aug 1, 2014 Sheila Roche No words could express the horror of seeing what these dogs go through.
Aug 1, 2014 Carmen Melania Nancoff
Aug 1, 2014 susan mccurry
Aug 1, 2014 Donna LaBarbera
Aug 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2014 Gina Verdini

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