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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 13, 2015 Catherine Murphy
Oct 13, 2015 jean Vandercruyssen
Oct 13, 2015 Hülya Hak
Oct 13, 2015 Scott Hovery
Oct 13, 2015 Kimberly langdale
Oct 13, 2015 stephanie wood please stop this
Oct 13, 2015 Marie Rickard
Oct 13, 2015 Nancy Vorobey
Oct 13, 2015 Nicola Caheny This is disgusting. I refuse to visit this country and will tell everyone I know what kind of people are living there.
Oct 13, 2015 Caroline Bardell
Oct 13, 2015 Ulrike Kallisch
Oct 13, 2015 Desma J Carey
Oct 13, 2015 Richard Lemache
Oct 13, 2015 Penny Slack
Oct 13, 2015 Tânia Silva
Oct 12, 2015 Debra Klink Please help!
Oct 12, 2015 J. Jesus Ramirez
Oct 12, 2015 martin walls
Oct 12, 2015 Orva M Gullett
Oct 12, 2015 Peggy Rollie
Oct 12, 2015 Katarina DURJAK
Oct 12, 2015 A O'Reilly
Oct 12, 2015 Laura Stanley
Oct 12, 2015 viviane massart
Oct 11, 2015 Cynthia Yandow
Oct 11, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2015 Holly Upton
Oct 11, 2015 amber godfrey Stop this disgusting, Barbaric trade now!
Oct 10, 2015 alessa bergtold
Oct 10, 2015 Tami Miller
Oct 10, 2015 Gill Bourne
Oct 10, 2015 jann James
Oct 10, 2015 Karen Napolitano Nasty people inhuman disgusting cruel beyond words
Oct 10, 2015 Jan Maxwell
Oct 9, 2015 Javier Aguilar
Oct 9, 2015 Lisa Holcomb
Oct 9, 2015 Peggy Skelton Just sop them
Oct 9, 2015 Nannette Lofts Wow!
Oct 9, 2015 jacqueline simmons dogs have given in so many human lives in so many ways..this practice show unawarness of how percious all life shows a pratice that any enlighten nation would not allow..
Oct 9, 2015 Jeanne Lyke
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Heidi Endres
Oct 9, 2015 helen Lewis
Oct 9, 2015 Kathryn Fenn Dogs are intelligent, helpful creatures who implicitly trust humans, it is horrible when that trust is betrayed by humans who abuse and kill them.
Oct 9, 2015 Dianna Gutoski
Oct 9, 2015 Patricia Crane
Oct 9, 2015 Mervi Lampinen
Oct 9, 2015 gina coffin people have to start protecting there pets . Shoot the people who are steeling the pets. shoot to kill
Oct 9, 2015 Herb Pianin
Oct 9, 2015 stacey curtis

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