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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 2, 2014 Debra LaBruzzo
Sep 2, 2014 eli bana-e dogs are not for food!
Sep 2, 2014 gilda klein
Sep 2, 2014 Linda Thomas
Sep 2, 2014 Wendy Waller
Sep 2, 2014 chantal robardey
Sep 2, 2014 Kelli Harris Evil
Sep 2, 2014 Rijkea Lammertse Sadistick sick imbecils!!!!!!
Sep 2, 2014 robert Stift
Sep 2, 2014 Cathy Dauvilaire Ordures salaud
Sep 2, 2014 Susanne Kantiotis
Sep 2, 2014 Kim Clevenger
Sep 2, 2014 Jeff Lee
Sep 2, 2014 Jill Robinson Personally, I don't care how many of these despicable people die - I just hope that it is a horrific death for them, just like the poor animals have to endure in their final hours. Karma.
Sep 2, 2014 Yuhchi Chen
Sep 2, 2014 Beverly Terhune Time to realize you don't eat mans best friend!
Sep 2, 2014 Anca Rapan
Sep 2, 2014 Sandra Dominguez
Sep 2, 2014 Julie Nevill
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 Doreen Forbes
Sep 2, 2014 Erekle Mikava
Sep 2, 2014 Jamie Purkey
Sep 2, 2014 Stacey Merzanis
Sep 2, 2014 khayat abdelaziz
Sep 2, 2014 Meri Dorsey
Sep 2, 2014 izabela szarek
Sep 2, 2014 Yenlin Hsu
Sep 2, 2014 Jimmy Stein
Sep 2, 2014 Susan Beckner
Sep 2, 2014 susan coates
Sep 2, 2014 Jiang Yu Ting
Sep 2, 2014 Sharon Hsiung
Sep 2, 2014 brigitte grenard
Sep 2, 2014 susan edel
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed) please please stop this appalling cruelty if you have to eat dog kill without cruelty
Sep 2, 2014 書琦 劉 狗是人類最忠實的朋友
Sep 2, 2014 Jennifer Scott
Sep 2, 2014 Pamela Googe
Sep 2, 2014 Petra Sistig
Sep 2, 2014 LaVern Dean
Sep 2, 2014 Norma Peet
Sep 2, 2014 Kerry Devany
Sep 2, 2014 adriana aRRUIZ
Sep 2, 2014 nico wang
Sep 2, 2014 mary berney
Sep 2, 2014 Helga Kemendy
Sep 2, 2014 mandy johnson sick this needs stopping soon dogs are here for us to care for not to harm this cruelty needs ending now
Sep 2, 2014 Penelope Christaki
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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