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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


Jan 29, 2015 DANA SCHULER
Jan 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 grazia minarelli
Jan 29, 2015 Gabriele Seitz
Jan 29, 2015 Shelley Wehberg
Jan 29, 2015 Rebecca Brant
Jan 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 (Name not displayed) Some things will never be forgiven. Those who are eating dog meat and doing anything for or with it will pay for their wrong doings sooner or later. Just incomprehensible.
Jan 29, 2015 Tiziana Rivale
Jan 29, 2015 Irene Gerosa
Jan 29, 2015 Claudia Pastorino
Jan 29, 2015 Bruce Ross Stop this now.
Jan 29, 2015 Donna Blake
Jan 29, 2015 Emma Billing
Jan 29, 2015 Terri Forman
Jan 29, 2015 Katrina graham This is horrific and needs to stop!
Jan 29, 2015 robert wiehemeijer
Jan 29, 2015 SHOBA NAIR
Jan 29, 2015 maria serena cerri
Jan 29, 2015 Jernej Gradišek
Jan 29, 2015 jeane feitosa
Jan 29, 2015 Kave Haghighi
Jan 29, 2015 Patricia Philippaerts
Jan 29, 2015 hayley pooley Stop this cruelty at once
Jan 29, 2015 Sonya Nel
Jan 29, 2015 Karen Pedersen
Jan 29, 2015 Anthea Huntly
Jan 29, 2015 carole loftus
Jan 28, 2015 Alana Bacon
Jan 28, 2015 Monica Temmen
Jan 28, 2015 Bernard Tang Let's all pray for these unfortunate dogs in e world n stopped all this brutality. Please help them. 🙏🙏
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 john kocbek
Jan 28, 2015 Raija Nefoussi
Jan 28, 2015 Anda Brunette Someone please help these animals away from torture.
Jan 28, 2015 Elizabeth Masson
Jan 28, 2015 Iacob Adi Iulian
Jan 28, 2015 Jacqueline Tay
Jan 28, 2015 Lance Parker
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Karen Hippe Pets are not food.
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Keldin Jones
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) This is awful and must stop it is so cruel
Jan 28, 2015 Megan Tillman
Jan 28, 2015 mirella parmigiani
Jan 28, 2015 Aline Rodrigues
Jan 28, 2015 Nora Schumann
Jan 28, 2015 Marilyn Leon
Jan 28, 2015 Viv Sherren

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