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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


May 26, 2015 Karen Kelley STOP!
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 aurora soto
May 26, 2015 Nuria Rosa Andreo
May 26, 2015 Tina Morgan Dog meat trade is so disgusting and cruel. We will not help your nation in crises .
May 26, 2015 Savina Pisarska
May 26, 2015 Julia Randolph
May 26, 2015 Björn Müller
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 Weronika Uznanska
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 marielle risth
May 26, 2015 india Martin
May 26, 2015 PAPADOPOULOU MADA
May 26, 2015 alexandra mart
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 Vera P.
May 26, 2015 Vicki Roberts THIS IS HORRIBLE & EVIL NO ANIMALS SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE THIS IT'S JUST WRONG. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THIS MAKE ME SICK
May 26, 2015 Marilyn Hooper
May 26, 2015 Maria Kkamari
May 26, 2015 Shantie Lemmers
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 sonya burns
May 26, 2015 esther douglas
May 26, 2015 sherry Disbrow
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 Louise Readett This must stop its pure Torture
May 26, 2015 Simon Capobianco
May 25, 2015 alessio leospo Stop death dogs
May 25, 2015 eleni tzeli
May 25, 2015 linda maccario
May 25, 2015 Tanya Sweeting
May 25, 2015 ivet sotirova
May 25, 2015 Dagan Filipovic
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 stephen glossop stop this
May 25, 2015 patrick strickler
May 25, 2015 mike dee this needs to stop its just cruel and wrong
May 25, 2015 giovanni varosi
May 25, 2015 melanie Kairies it must be a end of this cruelity!!!!
May 25, 2015 Fredrik Westring
May 25, 2015 Vincent Tan
May 25, 2015 Levi Tabacug
May 25, 2015 melanie schneider
May 25, 2015 turaj najafi stop animal cruelty and killing innocent animals
May 25, 2015 Linda schaub Please stop this it is cruel and inhumane let's torture these assholes
May 25, 2015 Bev Conn
May 25, 2015 Marion T
May 25, 2015 Rachael Harrison
May 25, 2015 Miroslava Mircheva

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