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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 28, 2014 Jack LaCounte This has got to stop Canada and the US need to stop fighting useless wars. And start saving the animal in these countries that this this is normal. Let them do that to their own people.
Aug 28, 2014 Augusta Mascarenhas Dogs should be loved and not traumatized and eaten. Are there not enough of food which can be eaten that people have gone to the extent of eating dogs??? What is wrong with the people?
Aug 28, 2014 Patricia Davies
Aug 28, 2014 Marcela Škubicová
Aug 28, 2014 Alena Víšková
Aug 28, 2014 Anna Crochet
Aug 28, 2014 TERRY SANCHEZ
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2014 cheryl farinha
Aug 27, 2014 Jan Steiner Stop using dogs and cats for your food source. Soybeans and fish are a good source. Please use those instead.
Aug 27, 2014 Gábor Major
Aug 27, 2014 Loretta Dores sick people
Aug 27, 2014 Brigtte STeiner-Rödl
Aug 27, 2014 Mary Dearing
Aug 27, 2014 jane tantanasiriwong
Aug 27, 2014 Cynthia Douglas
Aug 27, 2014 RM Roberson
Aug 27, 2014 Doreen Doty
Aug 27, 2014 Corjan Igasan I stand for everything stated in the petition. Dogs are not for human consumption and Not to be exterminated in this horrific manner.
Aug 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2014 Linda Mariscal Ban ctuelty
Aug 27, 2014 pepper rundle
Aug 27, 2014 melody barr
Aug 27, 2014 Pamela Mariasine
Aug 27, 2014 Vj Brooks
Aug 27, 2014 Kenzie Wolff
Aug 27, 2014 Josephine Dudson
Aug 27, 2014 Patricia West so cruel
Aug 27, 2014 bruce anderson
Aug 27, 2014 Kimberly Wearin
Aug 27, 2014 Joseane Targonski
Aug 27, 2014 nadia reategui
Aug 27, 2014 Людмила Кастырина
Aug 27, 2014 Lucille Greller
Aug 27, 2014 Sally hosking disgusting, what evil pieces of scum, to do that to another living being. please please stop it now.
Aug 27, 2014 Rosalie Cortez Just sad no animal deserves this all animals have the right to life I've made the connection and I beg you to end this atrocity.
Aug 27, 2014 Erin Tarleton
Aug 27, 2014 Edna Stanek
Aug 27, 2014 Beverly Twigg Repugnant
Aug 27, 2014 Jennifer Dokey sick!
Aug 27, 2014 Olga Drolyuk
Aug 27, 2014 martine HECQUET
Aug 27, 2014 Kena Kirby
Aug 27, 2014 yannis deslandes
Aug 27, 2014 Miriam Kaila
Aug 27, 2014 shanon citron
Aug 27, 2014 Michele Arlotta
Aug 27, 2014 Mary Sprague
Aug 27, 2014 Annie Stewart

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