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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 15, 2014 Judy Daniel
Sep 15, 2014 Hoshi Fraser
Sep 15, 2014 Daniela Fraser
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Debra Smith Why WHY WHY - its not normal
Sep 15, 2014 friedrich ziesener
Sep 15, 2014 Lubica Obzerova
Sep 15, 2014 carolina sorrentino is there NO compassion?
Sep 15, 2014 Hana Kučerová
Sep 15, 2014 Ivana Dlabajova
Sep 15, 2014 Petra Meerwaldt
Sep 15, 2014 Courtney Cecere
Sep 15, 2014 Ann Williams
Sep 15, 2014 Jill Burtenshaw Barbaric people
Sep 15, 2014 gabriella rossi
Sep 15, 2014 Josefin Boman So fucking sick, they are twisted and idiot!!!!!!
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Axel Baumann
Sep 15, 2014 gabriela fridrichova
Sep 15, 2014 Kimberly allen
Sep 15, 2014 manuela wolter
Sep 15, 2014 david jaramillo prado Dios se apiade de esos pobres seres
Sep 15, 2014 Monika Prušková
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 cristina nicolini
Sep 15, 2014 guada Jiménez
Sep 15, 2014 Jackie Mills
Sep 15, 2014 Jan Vácha
Sep 15, 2014 tulin yusra sutay
Sep 15, 2014 Thomas Mesher
Sep 15, 2014 terry callwood No words to describe my utter disbelief and anger......
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Silvia Wagner
Sep 15, 2014 Patricia Elizalde
Sep 15, 2014 Natalia Romero Are we humans.
Sep 15, 2014 Bastian Fuhrmann
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Cathy Duncan Please stop this barbaric practice. Dogs are domestic pets and bring joy to people of all ages. They are loyal and feel fear, pain, sadness and happiness just as we do. To kill them using so much cruelty is not Christian or what Buddha would condone
Sep 15, 2014 Benedetta Conti I come from Italy.Sono stufa,disgustata di tutto questoSono altrettanto stufa di sentirmi dire che è nella cultura di queste persone trattare i cani così . E' proprio questo che non va, il fatto che per loro questo sia NORMALE
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed) I say this is wrong and isn't helping anyone in any way
Sep 15, 2014 vincenzo elia no comment
Sep 15, 2014 Robin Loicq
Sep 15, 2014 Stella Vlahos
Sep 15, 2014 pouneh safari
Sep 15, 2014 Kate Low Stop this
Sep 15, 2014 yvonne england This has to stop
Sep 15, 2014 Ria Mertens
Sep 14, 2014 TANYA STERLING Stop this now!

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