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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 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 5, 2016 B.B. Griffin
Dec 4, 2016 Christos Demetriou
Dec 4, 2016 Diana Chica
Dec 4, 2016 Gwendolen Chaperon
Dec 3, 2016 John Nichols
Dec 3, 2016 Kelly Fletcher
Dec 2, 2016 Martha Rankin
Dec 2, 2016 Mary Arndt
Dec 2, 2016 Katie Pollinger
Dec 2, 2016 Karen Drum
Dec 2, 2016 Jodi Rowe
Dec 2, 2016 Christine Young
Dec 2, 2016 Randi Greenberg This is a horrible way to treat beloved family members!! Those who inflict such suffering on animals and the humans who love them should be treated like the criminals they are!!!!
Dec 2, 2016 Stanley Fistick
Dec 2, 2016 Judith Buckhart
Dec 2, 2016 Amy Wahl
Dec 2, 2016 Patricia Shaw
Dec 2, 2016 Felicia Johansson
Dec 1, 2016 (Name not displayed) Stop Animal Cruelty!!
Dec 1, 2016 Martin Oltman
Nov 30, 2016 Deborah Simpkins
Nov 30, 2016 Carla Gomes
Nov 30, 2016 Sandra Howell
Nov 29, 2016 marion price
Nov 29, 2016 Annika Lemola
Nov 28, 2016 kumari Herath Please STOP animal cruelty
Nov 27, 2016 Teppo Lahti
Nov 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2016 sabrina Courteaux
Nov 27, 2016 Dahmaj Soumiya
Nov 26, 2016 Piet Visser
Nov 26, 2016 Marian Snijder
Nov 26, 2016 Gertie Gielkens
Nov 25, 2016 Marika Rinne
Nov 25, 2016 hannele bergman
Nov 25, 2016 Joke Faassen
Nov 25, 2016 Nathalie Welter Stop the cruel dog and cat meat trade.
Nov 25, 2016 Mariska Catsman-Okkersen
Nov 24, 2016 Karen Cunningham
Nov 24, 2016 Terri Dill Please stop!
Nov 24, 2016 Lisa Burbanks
Nov 24, 2016 Lisa Abraham
Nov 24, 2016 sara merchiz
Nov 24, 2016 Marie Armandy
Nov 24, 2016 Mark Booth
Nov 24, 2016 Wendy Barnes The rest of the world are witnessing your cruel, torturous ways on dogs and cats. Social media is spreading and more and more people are aghast at your practices. These growing masses of people are against you until you stop this horrific barbaric act
Nov 24, 2016 Klaudia Szymanska
Nov 24, 2016 Hayley Birch
Nov 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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