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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

Oct 20, 2014 Mieke Boehm
Oct 20, 2014 Stela Markova
Oct 20, 2014 Eva Farady
Oct 20, 2014 florence orgé
Oct 20, 2014 Petra Abrar
Oct 20, 2014 Tomasz Biernat
Oct 20, 2014 Roberta Laquatra
Oct 20, 2014 Patty Slattery Horrific sub-humans.
Oct 20, 2014 Moana Jamieson
Oct 20, 2014 marcel theodore
Oct 20, 2014 chantal degotte
Oct 20, 2014 Hegyi Andrea
Oct 20, 2014 Melanie Becker
Oct 20, 2014 Rafaela Freiermuth
Oct 20, 2014 Marina Gastel
Oct 20, 2014 Simone Totti
Oct 20, 2014 Chrystel Devirieux
Oct 20, 2014 Martina Hermann
Oct 20, 2014 Virginia Rott
Oct 20, 2014 inge Wütschner
Oct 20, 2014 hayden james
Oct 20, 2014 Katarzyna Szczerban
Oct 20, 2014 Anna Olschewski Look at the value of all creatures and be careful with them. It is dicussting what happens with these poor dogs.
Oct 20, 2014 Tatiana Perez
Oct 20, 2014 nazan aksu
Oct 20, 2014 CHABERT Diane
Oct 20, 2014 Neelie Casey
Oct 20, 2014 melissa skye omg! this is so wrong i am disgusted & astonished!
Oct 20, 2014 Ashley Boland
Oct 20, 2014 Julie Schillers
Oct 20, 2014 Ivana Paleckova
Oct 20, 2014 Jenny Rintsch
Oct 20, 2014 P.A. Woodburn Your country should be ashamed.
Oct 20, 2014 Maria Jdouro
Oct 20, 2014 Ariane Blasweiler
Oct 20, 2014 Laurie Miller
Oct 19, 2014 Rita Motta
Oct 19, 2014 hannelore geilenkirchen Dogs Are Not A Delicacy
Oct 19, 2014 ky chow
Oct 19, 2014 irma telia
Oct 19, 2014 robyn craighead
Oct 19, 2014 bora bora
Oct 19, 2014 Ana Carolina Marques
Oct 19, 2014 stephen kirby
Oct 19, 2014 Analiza Santana
Oct 19, 2014 Fay Cox
Oct 19, 2014 Monika Farkas
Oct 19, 2014 Astrid Rübner
Oct 19, 2014 Devaye Josiane

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