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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 29, 2014 Rey Nichols
Aug 29, 2014 Amanda Acree
Aug 29, 2014 anastasia shmeleva
Aug 29, 2014 Josie wALKER
Aug 29, 2014 patricia azzopardi
Aug 29, 2014 priya bala
Aug 29, 2014 Mia Roldant
Aug 29, 2014 Ann Sievers
Aug 29, 2014 Julie-anne Breen
Aug 29, 2014 Tammy Bronson
Aug 29, 2014 taylor,john taylor
Aug 29, 2014 Cathy Tilford Stop this horrific, cruel, & inhumane practice of killing dogs for food,
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Amy Curtis This is disgusting and needs to stop!
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Tina Parker
Aug 29, 2014 Lori Delio
Aug 29, 2014 louann cristillo
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Amy Urschel
Aug 29, 2014 Susan Sigrest This is horrible - please stop this now. Dogs are intelligent loving beings and should be cared for!
Aug 29, 2014 mark baker
Aug 29, 2014 Kyle Hebert
Aug 29, 2014 Sandi Holtzclaw
Aug 29, 2014 biling koh
Aug 29, 2014 Megan Kibler
Aug 29, 2014 Ahmed Afifi
Aug 29, 2014 Corrina Riemann
Aug 29, 2014 Juliana Lita
Aug 29, 2014 Rian Alves
Aug 29, 2014 Linda Nelson Dogs have souls. This is cruel.
Aug 29, 2014 Victoria Toombs
Aug 29, 2014 Mike De Ben
Aug 29, 2014 Judy Neuman This is disgusting and labels these countries as ignorant and barbaric. How can they torture these animals and feel nothing. What kind of people believe they are better off after committing such horrible acts.
Aug 29, 2014 BETTY padilla Horrible pain for these Dogs!
Aug 29, 2014 Roy Abueg End the animal cruelty now!!!!
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Roxanne Scudiere This is horrible and barbaric.. No animal should be treated this way
Aug 29, 2014 Kara Lashway These people are ill!! How would they like someone doing that to them!!
Aug 29, 2014 Roseann LaBrake
Aug 29, 2014 Kayla Jones
Aug 29, 2014 Jenny Synowiecki
Aug 29, 2014 Monica Diaz Let's boycott any trade with countries that abuses animals. Any country that consumes dogs or cats let's boycott their goods and do not visit their countries.
Aug 29, 2014 Julie Block
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Angela Wertley
Aug 29, 2014 Lori Guillard
Aug 29, 2014 Warunee Krichkamolkul

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