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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

Apr 23, 2014 Judy Lee Adkins-Pietryka
Apr 23, 2014 Adriana Volpe
Apr 23, 2014 sue winter
Apr 23, 2014 Debra Franks
Apr 23, 2014 Arjun Kunwar
Apr 23, 2014 Deborah Johns
Apr 23, 2014 Diana Lee
Apr 23, 2014 yayne ferreira
Apr 23, 2014 Olivia Lang
Apr 23, 2014 fiona whittaker please think how this pain must hurt them and if you would not have this pain then please dont do it to them.
Apr 23, 2014 alicia perez
Apr 23, 2014 Kiri Johnston
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Apr 23, 2014 Delia Schulz
Apr 23, 2014 Elisabet Moreno
Apr 23, 2014 marta campo
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Apr 23, 2014 linda brown
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Apr 23, 2014 graciela somma basta de matar
Apr 23, 2014 (Name not displayed) stoppppppppppppp
Apr 23, 2014 sylvia haveneers
Apr 23, 2014 rosa maria Cadahía de Vega
Apr 23, 2014 Regina Talamante
Apr 23, 2014 uschi zbinden
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Apr 23, 2014 cristina lopez
Apr 23, 2014 Katalin Hernesz
Apr 23, 2014 Praesens Absens
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Apr 23, 2014 jutta hämmerle
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Apr 23, 2014 marianela guillen
Apr 23, 2014 andrea griesbeck it needs no words to respect life
Apr 23, 2014 Suzie Johns
Apr 23, 2014 Klaus + Melanie Wuttke
Apr 23, 2014 Marta Marquina
Apr 23, 2014 Tine Sommers
Apr 23, 2014 Roman Hardes
Apr 23, 2014 Desi Diaz Stop!
Apr 23, 2014 Monica Pallas
Apr 23, 2014 An HELLINGS
Apr 23, 2014 serena racana
Apr 23, 2014 Ludo Van Gils
Apr 23, 2014 Alisha Inan Ich unterzeichne diese Petition, weil ich ALLES Leben wertschätze und Tiere seit jeher zutiefst liebe.Es ist eine Schande, sie unter uns einzuordnen! Helft den Tieren bitte und beendet die Tiermorde!!!!
Apr 23, 2014 Sepideh Fathali
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Apr 23, 2014 anne de blomme .

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