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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 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) We don't eat horses n we don't eat dog n cats. Cloven hoof animals are the unfortunate acceptable ones per the Bible.
Apr 16, 2014 Elisabetta Argenta
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2014 maura scagliarini
Apr 16, 2014 Serena Silenzi Stop this cruelty .
Apr 16, 2014 alessia belfiori
Apr 16, 2014 joyce muentes
Apr 16, 2014 marta pieri
Apr 16, 2014 Ola Almazova
Apr 16, 2014 viviana conciatori
Apr 16, 2014 Elisa Gonella
Apr 16, 2014 Orietta Clara
Apr 16, 2014 Luisa Avetta stop cruelty on animals!
Apr 16, 2014 helga grass
Apr 16, 2014 stefania casula
Apr 16, 2014 Roberto Pauli
Apr 16, 2014 Jen Lynne This is non sense!!! Please stop this!!
Apr 16, 2014 corinne tumbarello
Apr 16, 2014 yuri cecarini
Apr 16, 2014 Adolfo Spagnuolo
Apr 16, 2014 valeria ventura
Apr 16, 2014 Stewart Sloan
Apr 16, 2014 Laura De Urena Incivili
Apr 16, 2014 Valentina Da Pozzo
Apr 16, 2014 eleonora costantino
Apr 16, 2014 tiziana perugini
Apr 16, 2014 Heidi Moorefield Please Please Please do everything you can to STOP the barbaric act on these animals. This is INSANE>
Apr 16, 2014 Johanna de Bruin
Apr 16, 2014 Vivian Ghodsi
Apr 16, 2014 stefania menin
Apr 16, 2014 augusto tocco
Apr 16, 2014 Elisabetta Fiorelli
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2014 marianna jori
Apr 16, 2014 Bianca Beitler
Apr 16, 2014 Maria Lenci
Apr 16, 2014 carol-mae barton I have one word to say to those that abuse animals and that is 'karma'
Apr 16, 2014 Silvia Congiu
Apr 16, 2014 Elena Cella Illegal import of dogs must be a punishable crime. Eating dog meat is criminal!!!!
Apr 15, 2014 Jessica Pugliese
Apr 15, 2014 tommaso puccio
Apr 15, 2014 sabrina zolini
Apr 15, 2014 Sara Valenti-Borsich
Apr 15, 2014 Nunzia lospinuso Basta !!!! La vita va rispettata ..... quella di tutte le creature
Apr 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2014 Alessandro Lanzi
Apr 15, 2014 Eddie Ware

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