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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 27, 2014 Shari Riggins
Aug 27, 2014 BARBARA LEMOINE Stop this as dog and cats are not for eating!!!! Monsters and put in jail all that do this!!!
Aug 27, 2014 nancy machado
Aug 27, 2014 tam NAIRNS
Aug 27, 2014 ruby avlanger
Aug 27, 2014 ROO NAIRNS
Aug 27, 2014 kassi avlanger
Aug 27, 2014 Racquel Ayers
Aug 27, 2014 Vanesa Jovanović
Aug 27, 2014 Chris Field
Aug 27, 2014 mary liivingstone Disgusting abuse of animals.
Aug 27, 2014 oscar almazan
Aug 27, 2014 georgina cullen being a voice for the defencless and voicless.
Aug 27, 2014 Lisa Cuculich Stop this! Prosecute them! NOW!
Aug 27, 2014 Lucia Baker
Aug 27, 2014 donna plant
Aug 27, 2014 Lilly Grabmann Too cruel to be true
Aug 27, 2014 lety rincón Basta al maltrató de perros y gatos. Ojalá y les hicieran lo mismo a esa jente. Para ke sientan lo mismo :, (
Aug 27, 2014 Sabine Wagner
Aug 27, 2014 Cynthia Adkins I can hardly believe this, a delicacy & health benefit, they've gone off their rockers....ASAP !!
Aug 27, 2014 sue callum
Aug 27, 2014 Gianni Tre re
Aug 27, 2014 Joan Janopoulos
Aug 27, 2014 jelena zaric
Aug 27, 2014 Tracey Mackay This is EVIL have a heart these poor animals can't stand up for themselves they do not deserve to be brutally murdered !!! This has gotta STOP
Aug 27, 2014 Nina Horvat
Aug 27, 2014 Charmaine Shannon
Aug 27, 2014 Cia Palmer
Aug 27, 2014 Jackolyn Arey
Aug 27, 2014 martine HECQUET
Aug 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2014 christine mackenzie
Aug 27, 2014 Linda Phelan
Aug 27, 2014 pilar carranza
Aug 27, 2014 Shawn Gordon
Aug 27, 2014 eresha madugalle
Aug 27, 2014 Katie Boyle
Aug 27, 2014 tong serene Pls stop this now! Dog n cats r not food for d table
Aug 27, 2014 Natasa Skopianou
Aug 27, 2014 Paul Leonhard
Aug 27, 2014 Maria Riojas
Aug 26, 2014 Jackie Wayman
Aug 26, 2014 Tonya Longmire
Aug 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2014 silvana martello Basta razza maledetta
Aug 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2014 Neena Bowman I am a animal lover and can't imagine the thought of eating one of the creatures that GOD provided us with for love and companionship.
Aug 26, 2014 Barbara Griffin
Aug 26, 2014 julie edghill
Aug 26, 2014 Naomi Dunston

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