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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 2, 2015 carol drennan
Aug 2, 2015 marianne ziller Stop this cruelty!!!
Aug 2, 2015 Carl Hoffmeister
Aug 2, 2015 Diana Wasinski
Aug 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2015 wei kim
Aug 2, 2015 Keiko Koike
Aug 2, 2015 Kwan Kane U all will go 2 hell
Aug 2, 2015 vera schwartz
Aug 2, 2015 Sherry Spurling
Aug 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2015 Patricia Corry Inhumane to eat a yr dog hes yr best nate
Aug 2, 2015 cortney adelman
Aug 2, 2015 Boris Blagojevic
Aug 2, 2015 Sabrina Redding
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Aug 2, 2015 carmen garcia
Aug 2, 2015 Vanessa Kicker
Aug 2, 2015 kathy white
Aug 2, 2015 Valeria Velázquez Pérez
Aug 2, 2015 christine zürcher
Aug 2, 2015 Anne Stevens
Aug 2, 2015 Daniel Majer
Aug 2, 2015 werner gmünder
Aug 2, 2015 Silvia Steinbrecher
Aug 2, 2015 Maureen Malek
Aug 2, 2015 Gabriele Stapper
Aug 2, 2015 corinne schumacher
Aug 2, 2015 (Name not displayed) i love dogs and cats
Aug 2, 2015 lennart blomqvist
Aug 2, 2015 nancy mckinley This is just too sick for words.It needs to stop now BOYCOTT VIET NAM and there imports. Just disgusting.
Aug 2, 2015 kym darling
Aug 2, 2015 yvette Dieppa
Aug 2, 2015 Teresa Simek
Aug 2, 2015 Wm. ERROL PACE, USAF Retired
Aug 2, 2015 s. bender
Aug 2, 2015 Patty Hogan animals are beautiful, humans are the beasts in this world
Aug 2, 2015 Sarah Webb
Aug 1, 2015 kim labelle
Aug 1, 2015 Kathleen Judd Kraemer
Aug 1, 2015 Erez Rot
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Jennifer Cameron-Sanclemente The secret to happiness in life is unconditional LOVE!
Aug 1, 2015 kerri griffith DOGS ARE NOT DELICACIES
Aug 1, 2015 courtney robins
Aug 1, 2015 Nylka Pinero Eat healthy! Dont eat animals!!!
Aug 1, 2015 Lynda Ramirez
Aug 1, 2015 Marlene Schaffner These people should be boiled alive and fed to the cannibals.
Aug 1, 2015 Jill Geiger
Aug 1, 2015 Deborah Birkel

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