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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

Sep 23, 2014 Bárbara Bernardo
Sep 23, 2014 Inger Hanscom dogs are pets not food, just as horses are, and the way they are killed on top of it is just inhumane...should be illegal
Sep 23, 2014 gloria novak
Sep 23, 2014 Mariska Milder Shame on you!! Only stupid sick people can do this kind of torture!! How in the hell is this acceptable!! Do something against this torture of animals!!!!!
Sep 23, 2014 Beth Polera
Sep 23, 2014 Aureline Flies
Sep 23, 2014 stuart black
Sep 23, 2014 Quentin Palleschi
Sep 23, 2014 bente johnsen
Sep 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 23, 2014 linda barosky
Sep 23, 2014 Annie Smit
Sep 23, 2014 Mario Olivers
Sep 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 23, 2014 Martine Vanschoubroeck
Sep 23, 2014 Stefanie Verbinnen
Sep 23, 2014 Caterina Petrilli
Sep 23, 2014 Vicky De Maesschalck
Sep 22, 2014 Driss Laity
Sep 22, 2014 Didier De Bock Help animals ! Stop that people!!!!
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 LuAnn Will
Sep 22, 2014 Daniel Whitmer
Sep 22, 2014 susana mbarrantes
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2014 Kat Ridenour
Sep 22, 2014 Susan Myers
Sep 22, 2014 Diana Hawkins This must end
Sep 22, 2014 mina bani mohammadi
Sep 22, 2014 Gloria Watson
Sep 22, 2014 Suzanne Campbell
Sep 22, 2014 Jane Ory
Sep 22, 2014 Angela Lentz
Sep 22, 2014 volteio moretto
Sep 22, 2014 Richard van Dijk
Sep 22, 2014 Pascale Van Hecke
Sep 22, 2014 linda van den bossche
Sep 22, 2014 Alyssa Smith
Sep 22, 2014 Anna Ashley
Sep 22, 2014 stephny de koker
Sep 22, 2014 Lorraine Barrette
Sep 22, 2014 Alexandra Teughels
Sep 22, 2014 Bridget Stenger
Sep 22, 2014 Kay Warner
Sep 22, 2014 Brandi Hunter
Sep 22, 2014 Pauline Veenendaal
Sep 22, 2014 Ilse Thienpondt
Sep 22, 2014 Monique De Breucker
Sep 22, 2014 katrijn van leerberghe

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