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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

Aug 1, 2015 Kathleen Judd Kraemer
Aug 1, 2015 Erez Rot
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Jennifer Cameron-Sanclemente The secret to happiness in life is unconditional LOVE!
Aug 1, 2015 kerri griffith DOGS ARE NOT DELICACIES
Aug 1, 2015 courtney robins
Aug 1, 2015 Nylka Pinero Eat healthy! Dont eat animals!!!
Aug 1, 2015 Lynda Ramirez
Aug 1, 2015 Marlene Schaffner These people should be boiled alive and fed to the cannibals.
Aug 1, 2015 Jill Geiger
Aug 1, 2015 Deborah Birkel
Aug 1, 2015 Philomena Hofman
Aug 1, 2015 jesika tocci
Aug 1, 2015 Amanda Davis
Aug 1, 2015 JaNice Heredia
Aug 1, 2015 Mike Bialaszewski please stop this terrible abuse and torture.
Jul 31, 2015 eileen bosch
Jul 31, 2015 Kathy DeLoache
Jul 31, 2015 Deb Molfetas
Jul 31, 2015 Henry Smith
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop this - it is shameful!
Jul 31, 2015 Lisa Hanley
Jul 31, 2015 Kathrine DeWitt Friends not food
Jul 31, 2015 LIZ HALBERG
Jul 31, 2015 Marce Walsh This is barbaric and atrocious! We must be the voices for the animals!
Jul 31, 2015 Nancy Parnell
Jul 31, 2015 Cindy Miller
Jul 31, 2015 Leigh Anne Bella
Jul 31, 2015 Alexis Brotzman
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 staci kohlbeck
Jul 31, 2015 Vicki Bron
Jul 31, 2015 Shantanav P Chitnis Vietnam, China, South Korea, Nagaland - the devil dwells in human form. So too in Kerala, where dogs are being poisoned to 'clean up' the environment for foreign tourists. Boycott these places - as tourists or consumers.
Jul 31, 2015 Kathleen Thomas
Jul 31, 2015 Cynthia Milner
Jul 31, 2015 Lisa Lyerly
Jul 31, 2015 Gary Reasoner Barbaric
Jul 31, 2015 MaryAnn Cannon
Jul 31, 2015 patrizia gandolfi
Jul 31, 2015 Aimee Alotta Dogs are man's best friend, not a food source. Let's make the dog meat trade illegal - boycott all countries that participate in this horrific practice.
Jul 31, 2015 Patricia Nault
Jul 31, 2015 Anitra Hampton Anyone who has a heart knows what these animals can do for people. If only people were as kind as dogs all the time. Even if you are starving, there are lots of fruits an vegetables for you to eat!
Jul 31, 2015 Teri Coker
Jul 31, 2015 Nancy Polisena
Jul 31, 2015 Tracey Murthwaite barbarians
Jul 31, 2015 Allen Keltner
Jul 31, 2015 Farah Ahmad
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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