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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

Jul 13, 2014 adrian brown
Jul 13, 2014 Gisela Adolf
Jul 13, 2014 Georgina Burns
Jul 13, 2014 Patti West
Jul 13, 2014 Makenna Larson
Jul 13, 2014 Luzia Balog
Jul 13, 2014 stephanie mezghenna
Jul 13, 2014 Christel Polmans
Jul 13, 2014 axelle saury eat beans, it's better for the health !
Jul 13, 2014 Christina Römer
Jul 13, 2014 Gabriele Wenk
Jul 13, 2014 inge libert
Jul 13, 2014 Gregory Ambrose
Jul 13, 2014 silvia eid
Jul 13, 2014 Sharon Joubert
Jul 13, 2014 (Name not displayed) Stop !!
Jul 13, 2014 Michael Gaeta This is the most repulsive thing I've ever heard. This must be stopped! I am horrified!
Jul 13, 2014 andrea hausberger
Jul 13, 2014 Robert Mosbah Stop the cruelty against all animals
Jul 13, 2014 Duchelina Dove Please leave animals alone!!!
Jul 13, 2014 Jane Ferrara It's wrong and disgusting.
Jul 13, 2014 Marco Müller
Jul 13, 2014 Mario Riccardi
Jul 13, 2014 Natasha Milosheska
Jul 13, 2014 Monica Akesson
Jul 13, 2014 josie erent BARBARIANS...Boycott Vietnam and Thailand..ruled by Barbarians..
Jul 13, 2014 Aubrey Goble
Jul 13, 2014 lee peter
Jul 13, 2014 Elvira Sanders
Jul 13, 2014 trudy schulten
Jul 13, 2014 Julia Stalnaker
Jul 13, 2014 Ronald Lifka
Jul 13, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 13, 2014 b schmitz
Jul 13, 2014 Fitzgerald USMANY
Jul 13, 2014 venus santana
Jul 13, 2014 Donna Gagnon
Jul 13, 2014 Victoria Cherry Respectfully submitted. Thank you.
Jul 13, 2014 Bonnie Ward This is cruel and unnecessary. Please end this practice once and for all.
Jul 13, 2014 patrizia frongia
Jul 13, 2014 Iggy Beerbower
Jul 13, 2014 Sherry Mitchell
Jul 13, 2014 Irene kritsotaki
Jul 13, 2014 Sarah Balcaen
Jul 13, 2014 kim persico
Jul 13, 2014 joe gonzales
Jul 13, 2014 Gabriele Blessing
Jul 13, 2014 eugenia xenaki
Jul 13, 2014 Martina Stilz Don't hurt animals!!!They feel the same way like us humans!!!!
Jul 13, 2014 daniele iovino

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