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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 7, 2015 Christian Brodbeck
Jul 7, 2015 michael kelly
Jul 7, 2015 Adriana De rosa
Jul 7, 2015 Keren Lovell
Jul 6, 2015 Jackie Ames sick and inhuman!
Jul 6, 2015 sinai minnig
Jul 6, 2015 Amabeli Preciado
Jul 6, 2015 Augusta DiFranco Stop the slaughter
Jul 6, 2015 Claire Jones
Jul 6, 2015 Reena Martins
Jul 6, 2015 Frances Mackiewicz
Jul 6, 2015 Anne Nilsson
Jul 6, 2015 vajira solomon should stop this dog meat business now,
Jul 6, 2015 Sylwia Konieczna
Jul 6, 2015 Andrea Martin
Jul 6, 2015 V Frank 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.
Jul 6, 2015 Barbara August dogs are not for human consumption! This must end now!!!
Jul 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2015 Charlene Shumate
Jul 6, 2015 Donna Williams PLEASED TO HELP YOU. THIS IS SICK.
Jul 6, 2015 JULIE SIMON
Jul 6, 2015 Karen Mogavero
Jul 6, 2015 Melissa Mogavero
Jul 6, 2015 maciej siuta
Jul 5, 2015 Emilia Gawart
Jul 5, 2015 Nancy Frattallone HORRIFIC!
Jul 5, 2015 agata langenlfeld
Jul 5, 2015 Dana Wishengrad
Jul 5, 2015 Ines Gorska
Jul 5, 2015 Aleksandra Lesiak
Jul 5, 2015 dakota dunlap dogs are a mans best friend
Jul 5, 2015 Olexandr Knysz
Jul 5, 2015 maura butterly Sick behaviour
Jul 5, 2015 Krzysztof Magosa
Jul 5, 2015 Shirl Simkins
Jul 5, 2015 Hannah Keogh
Jul 5, 2015 Evelyne KEITH
Jul 5, 2015 Jefre Johannson Nichols
Jul 5, 2015 Cynthia Cerezin This is absolutely appalling !
Jul 5, 2015 S. Rydel
Jul 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 4, 2015 Lisa Ranallo
Jul 4, 2015 Maureen Sleight
Jul 4, 2015 Elizabeth Sands
Jul 4, 2015 Kim Rodrigues
Jul 4, 2015 (Name not displayed) Sickening. All meat consumed is wrong
Jul 4, 2015 jeanettte stewart
Jul 4, 2015 Dan Friessen
Jul 4, 2015 Maria Simao

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