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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

Jul 24, 2014 Daniela Zick
Jul 24, 2014 Kelsey Robinson
Jul 24, 2014 Silvana Kingsland Bring the law to arrest and make it illegal to kill animals. Close down all meat trade arrest those greedy thugs, make them accountable for their horrific action. Name and shame them
Jul 24, 2014 kier Hattemer
Jul 24, 2014 Karen Wood
Jul 24, 2014 April Lerche
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 Flavia Lensi
Jul 24, 2014 petrenko maria
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 willeke vd Aa
Jul 24, 2014 jackie schembri ohh god its horrible....please sign petition
Jul 24, 2014 Mrs. Tomkins
Jul 24, 2014 Robert Davies Do something
Jul 24, 2014 Tiffany Rupp Disgusting behavior.
Jul 24, 2014 Astrid Brown
Jul 24, 2014 Amanda Velianis
Jul 24, 2014 anna potomska
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 Christian d'Andlau-Hombourg
Jul 24, 2014 amy lynn pemrick
Jul 24, 2014 Sibylle von Burg
Jul 24, 2014 BETTY MINAB
Jul 24, 2014 Jessica Thatcher
Jul 24, 2014 Jose Safont This must be stopped and people educated
Jul 24, 2014 Fbienne Paul
Jul 24, 2014 wanda theelen Stop this!!!!
Jul 24, 2014 beverlu bottomley this is barbaric
Jul 23, 2014 Anica Spicijaric
Jul 23, 2014 Armina Basdeo
Jul 23, 2014 karin Blädel
Jul 23, 2014 ruth mallia
Jul 23, 2014 Antonia Szenthe
Jul 23, 2014 Roxanne Hewitt
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 Nicole Ratliff WE HAVE TO HELP ALL ANIMALS!!!!! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!
Jul 23, 2014 Donna Oades
Jul 23, 2014 ellen zintel
Jul 23, 2014 Alecia Porch
Jul 23, 2014 Debbie Belcher
Jul 23, 2014 HARLEEN TOOR
Jul 23, 2014 Barbara Rodak
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 Donna Deese
Jul 23, 2014 Constanze Schmuck
Jul 23, 2014 R Henderson
Jul 23, 2014 Mona BENSON
Jul 23, 2014 rie ichikawa
Jul 23, 2014 bjorn zwicker

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