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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


Jul 22, 2018 Dalana Duncan Dogs are pets not food!!!
Jul 21, 2018 Stephanie Appleton
Jul 21, 2018 Vladimir Lara
Jul 21, 2018 Cecile Nurit
Jul 20, 2018 Kirsten Deveraux
Jul 20, 2018 Alana Kaplan
Jul 20, 2018 Kirsten Van Heurck
Jul 20, 2018 Sarah Von Beanz
Jul 20, 2018 Karen Scarlet
Jul 20, 2018 Kristel Van Heurck
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Jul 20, 2018 karen reedy
Jul 19, 2018 Jacqueline Leahy
Jul 19, 2018 Sonya Smith
Jul 19, 2018 Annie Krochmalny
Jul 19, 2018 Wendy Lindemann
Jul 19, 2018 Vickie Janetos
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Jul 18, 2018 Jeanie Anderson
Jul 18, 2018 Jacqueline Frye
Jul 17, 2018 Sahsha States
Jul 17, 2018 Peter Fell
Jul 17, 2018 karen Moulder
Jul 17, 2018 Nile Whitaker
Jul 17, 2018 Christina Brown
Jul 17, 2018 Davina Gilligan
Jul 17, 2018 Sarah Singer
Jul 17, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
Jul 17, 2018 Margaret McAlister
Jul 17, 2018 jen elsby
Jul 17, 2018 Jaci Taylor What the hell is wrong with people?
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Jul 17, 2018 Leslie Rosen
Jul 17, 2018 Ann Ohme
Jul 17, 2018 Rachel Wilke
Jul 17, 2018 marsha schlesinger
Jul 17, 2018 Ann Lyons
Jul 17, 2018 CARL BUGARA
Jul 16, 2018 M T No more dog and cat consumption!
Jul 16, 2018 Deborah Searles
Jul 16, 2018 Rita Council These precious dogs are intelligent and loving animals. They are not food! They are pets that deserve to be loved and in good loving homes! Not eaten! This breaks my heart!!!!
Jul 16, 2018 Katherine Tuttle
Jul 16, 2018 Pat DeWitz
Jul 15, 2018 Cindy Reed
Jul 13, 2018 caroline morrison
Jul 12, 2018 mary blanford
Jul 11, 2018 bruce hall
Jul 9, 2018 marie sajous

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