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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

Sep 5, 2015 ivonne bubinek
Sep 5, 2015 Viktoria Schreiner
Sep 5, 2015 Jocelyn Adams
Sep 5, 2015 Sandra Lugauer
Sep 5, 2015 marion miraglia
Sep 4, 2015 Sherri Davidson
Sep 4, 2015 Teri Duchac
Sep 4, 2015 Nancy Black
Sep 4, 2015 dawn franklin I don't look at my pet cats or dogs and think, hmmm, dinner! I boycott Vietnam and Korean products because of these practices that MUST end!
Sep 4, 2015 jolanda Brulez
Sep 4, 2015 Terry Breen
Sep 4, 2015 Kyung Choe
Sep 4, 2015 Katie Harrison This is the most horrific thing I've ever seen. Absolutely disgraceful! I am disgusted. This has to stop!
Sep 4, 2015 Nilda Mesistrano
Sep 4, 2015 Regina Powell
Sep 4, 2015 titty maiello
Sep 4, 2015 Lara Burr
Sep 4, 2015 Floyd Powell
Sep 4, 2015 susan hirth
Sep 4, 2015 Dena Hathaway
Sep 4, 2015 shivani mehta
Sep 4, 2015 Kristi Lynn Grunow
Sep 4, 2015 April Napolitano shame on those who can sleep at night after doing these disgusting acts to those poor animals.
Sep 4, 2015 Jodie Flanders
Sep 4, 2015 Melissa Favaron Dogs are pets, not food.
Sep 4, 2015 Laura Nattress
Sep 4, 2015 Jennifer Waldo
Sep 4, 2015 Jill Thomas
Sep 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2015 elke szakacs
Sep 4, 2015 (Name not displayed) I'm sick after seeing what they do to these poor animals. It MUST STOP!
Sep 4, 2015 Rebekka Sterner STOP!!!!
Sep 4, 2015 Damon Runyon
Sep 4, 2015 Karin Techt
Sep 4, 2015 june Lumndgren
Sep 4, 2015 Roberto Masselli
Sep 4, 2015 bidoglio cristina
Sep 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2015 Corinne Heer
Sep 4, 2015 Bryan Sutton
Sep 4, 2015 Marie Francoise ROBINSON
Sep 3, 2015 Gulden Pekin Please stop this.
Sep 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) THESE POOR INNOCENT BABIES NEED HELP FROM THESE SICK pigs....,,PLEASE PLEASE BE the VOICES FOR ALL furbabies.....
Sep 3, 2015 Martha Boltares Sentient life matters!
Sep 3, 2015 Marlene Ghozlany
Sep 3, 2015 John Farver
Sep 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please stop them
Sep 3, 2015 Giarda Antonietta
Sep 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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