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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

Oct 10, 2015 Gill Bourne
Oct 10, 2015 jann James
Oct 10, 2015 Karen Napolitano Nasty people inhuman disgusting cruel beyond words
Oct 10, 2015 Jan Maxwell
Oct 9, 2015 Javier Aguilar
Oct 9, 2015 Lisa Holcomb
Oct 9, 2015 Peggy Skelton Just sop them
Oct 9, 2015 Nannette Lofts Wow!
Oct 9, 2015 jacqueline simmons dogs have given in so many human lives in so many ways..this practice show unawarness of how percious all life shows a pratice that any enlighten nation would not allow..
Oct 9, 2015 Jeanne Lyke
Oct 9, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 9, 2015 Heidi Endres
Oct 9, 2015 helen Lewis
Oct 9, 2015 Kathryn Fenn Dogs are intelligent, helpful creatures who implicitly trust humans, it is horrible when that trust is betrayed by humans who abuse and kill them.
Oct 9, 2015 Dianna Gutoski
Oct 9, 2015 Patricia Crane
Oct 9, 2015 Mervi Lampinen
Oct 9, 2015 gina coffin people have to start protecting there pets . Shoot the people who are steeling the pets. shoot to kill
Oct 9, 2015 Herb Pianin
Oct 9, 2015 stacey curtis
Oct 9, 2015 Janet Shoemaker
Oct 9, 2015 Robert Giguere
Oct 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 8, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please have compassion for all animals. Why should we eat our friends? For your needs, poor animals must suffer and die needlessly. When the animals love, and are loyal to us.
Oct 8, 2015 (Name not displayed) Dogs are not food, pls stop the killing
Oct 8, 2015 Charlotte Raines RN This is barbaric. Please stop this now.
Oct 8, 2015 Ana Anderson
Oct 8, 2015 Synnove isabel Mykland Watts
Oct 8, 2015 nita glady cat and dogs or horse are human companion. not a cattle or live stock.
Oct 8, 2015 Greg Prindle
Oct 8, 2015 Tina Collins
Oct 8, 2015 stacy hunt DOGS ARE NOT FOOD!!!!!
Oct 8, 2015 Joyce Johnson The Vietnamese don't need dog meat!
Oct 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 8, 2015 Lynn Miller
Oct 8, 2015 Heather Cohen
Oct 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 8, 2015 Michelle Wilson
Oct 7, 2015 Elizabeth King
Oct 7, 2015 kevan King
Oct 7, 2015 AnnIe Muril
Oct 7, 2015 Carol Vevle Dogs are a living, breathing being. They know fear & they feel pain every bit as much as we do. I know, what you do to skin a dog for food. This is so barbaric, please come out of the dark ages!! Our dogs are our family & you have no right to steal a pet!
Oct 7, 2015 Frank Fox
Oct 7, 2015 Dana Fox
Oct 7, 2015 Clara Kisinyo-Locher
Oct 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 7, 2015 Philo Caps
Oct 7, 2015 Mildred Johnson
Oct 7, 2015 Doris Hufnagel

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