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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

Mar 3, 2015 Darlene Duff
Mar 3, 2015 Mildred Rodriguez-Olarte
Mar 3, 2015 Isabella Ondei
Mar 3, 2015 Paula Eaton
Mar 3, 2015 Ann Singer
Mar 3, 2015 Rene Croteau
Mar 3, 2015 Hana Koehler
Mar 3, 2015 Stephanie Whitney
Mar 3, 2015 val houston
Mar 3, 2015 Georgia Craven
Mar 2, 2015 lucia fabbo how evil and sick. please put an end to this!!!
Mar 2, 2015 Monty Capuletti I will not purchase anything that is a product of Vietnam until this cruel practice ends.
Mar 2, 2015 irañeta del campo lucia
Mar 2, 2015 Michelle Gendrich
Mar 2, 2015 Diane Carson Dog meat trade is barbaric, cruel and evil. Stop the dog and cat meat trade, altogether. Strict laws and severe punishments needed to protect dogs and cats from the meat trade.
Mar 2, 2015 (Name not displayed) Dog meat does not have health benefits and disease will be rampant if you don't stop. Dogs are pets not delicacies.
Mar 2, 2015 Tamara Vrček
Mar 2, 2015 Diane Suplick
Mar 2, 2015 Martin Olsson STOP STOP!!!!
Mar 2, 2015 April Mitchell I would NEVER go to Vietnam because of this outdated torture to dogs!
Mar 2, 2015 Sara o'shaughnessy This is no humane.
Mar 2, 2015 carmen almazan
Mar 2, 2015 Elizabeth Munnie
Mar 2, 2015 dalila orellana
Mar 2, 2015 teresa LANDRUM
Mar 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 2, 2015 Oral Arthur
Mar 2, 2015 Marcia Taylor
Mar 2, 2015 Carly glick
Mar 2, 2015 adrian bennett its cruel and you know it
Mar 2, 2015 Philippa Hardy
Mar 2, 2015 Lynn Webber
Mar 2, 2015 jeanie brown I am actually beginning to hate the Chinese
Mar 2, 2015 spencer young
Mar 2, 2015 Crystal Hill
Mar 2, 2015 Theresa Eatherly this must stop- dogs are pets not farm animals raised for food!
Mar 2, 2015 Fitri Aprilia
Mar 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 2, 2015 Barbara Daber
Mar 2, 2015 Jennifer Cline
Mar 2, 2015 nikki coleman
Mar 2, 2015 don ecker
Mar 2, 2015 Pam Ecker
Mar 2, 2015 marika jamar
Mar 1, 2015 Anika Düring
Mar 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 1, 2015 Karen Tangorra
Mar 1, 2015 Adriana Hernandez
Mar 1, 2015 Vivian Bartlett

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