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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 2, 2014 (Name not displayed) we dont need to eat meat learn to go without you will still survive please dont eat meat stop this torture on poor dogs and cats may karma comes back at you
Oct 2, 2014 Diane Graham
Oct 2, 2014 Maria Ir
Oct 2, 2014 fanny guillaume
Oct 2, 2014 Ally Ross
Oct 2, 2014 Alexandra Leary
Oct 2, 2014 Susanna Purucker
Oct 1, 2014 Graciela Rodriguez
Oct 1, 2014 Marilyn Dresser
Oct 1, 2014 Jerilyn Enander
Oct 1, 2014 Noemi Tello-Botdorf
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 Raija Valkola
Oct 1, 2014 Mary Jones
Oct 1, 2014 Jimalee Jackson
Oct 1, 2014 sara bresson How cruel...our furry friends do so much for us. what would all of our military, deaf etc due without their dogs
Oct 1, 2014 Marilyn Martin
Oct 1, 2014 Stacey Eklund
Oct 1, 2014 Cheryl Mullens Stop this barbaric act, if God wanted us to eat domestic animals he would have said so, This is unhealthy for human consumption, what's wrong by being a vegetarian Just causing more disease among humans , This is the most wicked act, disgusted, !!
Oct 1, 2014 Karen Scrivner SICK, SICK, SICK
Oct 1, 2014 Ray Rossi
Oct 1, 2014 Lisa Bax
Oct 1, 2014 Ajay Welinkar
Oct 1, 2014 lilas giorgi
Oct 1, 2014 holobar marjeta bastards stoooopppp
Oct 1, 2014 Dell Davis
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed) This absolutely is deplorable.
Oct 1, 2014 Sandra Broadhead
Oct 1, 2014 Jeannette Baron
Oct 1, 2014 Elise LAGRAVIERE
Oct 1, 2014 maria loureiro
Oct 1, 2014 Elgqvist Jannie Horrible
Oct 1, 2014 (Name not displayed) It is unbelievable that this still goes on in this day & age, disgusting!!!
Oct 1, 2014 gwen asaro
Oct 1, 2014 Tanja Krämling
Oct 1, 2014 hadas levkovich Its got to stopppp!!!!!
Oct 1, 2014 Jessica Châtel
Sep 30, 2014 veronique jehan
Sep 30, 2014 Jacqueline Okuhara
Sep 30, 2014 cervantes fistache
Sep 30, 2014 Carla Caston
Sep 30, 2014 Rachel Ezekiel
Sep 30, 2014 Deborah Deshaies
Sep 30, 2014 quidouce marlène
Sep 30, 2014 veronique maresciano
Sep 30, 2014 Yael Elad
Sep 30, 2014 Linder Roskilly

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