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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

Mar 27, 2015 Adina Enache
Mar 27, 2015 hanna dinjo
Mar 27, 2015 Stefanie Span
Mar 27, 2015 azzurra liggieri
Mar 27, 2015 Carla Quinn
Mar 27, 2015 thorsten wandrei
Mar 27, 2015 maria sadri
Mar 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2015 julie engelmann
Mar 26, 2015 Bo Hultgren I really hate these people!!!
Mar 26, 2015 bianca dugajczyk
Mar 26, 2015 silvana denardo che finisca tutto questo
Mar 26, 2015 pia madsen
Mar 26, 2015 Christian wendland Shit
Mar 26, 2015 Roberta Locatelli
Mar 26, 2015 Penny Little
Mar 26, 2015 Angela southall
Mar 26, 2015 Margit Heldmann
Mar 26, 2015 susan reilly this is the 21st century... these animals feel pain and suffer.... perhaps you will come back as a dog?
Mar 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) This unspeakable cruelty and torture inflicted on innocent animals who love the companionship of humans and we turn around and can do this horrible act of cruelty is beyond comprehension to people that have a soul. This must stop!
Mar 26, 2015 Diana Hinojosa enough is enough!!!!!!
Mar 26, 2015 betty mus horrible and barbaric trade
Mar 26, 2015 April Spencer
Mar 26, 2015 Kelly Bennett
Mar 26, 2015 Renee Steed
Mar 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop it now please!
Mar 26, 2015 Patricia Milla
Mar 26, 2015 Librada Nyiri
Mar 26, 2015 Barbara Avallon
Mar 26, 2015 Diane Hollen
Mar 26, 2015 Tracy McGibbon
Mar 26, 2015 Elizabeth millan Dogs are not food and should not be tortured thus way
Mar 26, 2015 Wendye Kolles
Mar 26, 2015 Beatrice Rybak-Petrolle I literally fiond myself despising an entire culture because of the acts of these people
Mar 26, 2015 Kim Scofield
Mar 26, 2015 Danielle Masek
Mar 26, 2015 Peter Boulton no country should be allowed to be represented in the UN, that allows such barbarism to go unchecked.
Mar 26, 2015 Andrew Jones
Mar 26, 2015 Kelly Viel Stop this now! This is horrible and inhumane the terror and pain these poor dogs feel is unacceptable. This is inhumane and disgusting. Dogs are not food!
Mar 26, 2015 Laurie Suggs
Mar 26, 2015 Minerva Mollica
Mar 26, 2015 Melinda Funk
Mar 26, 2015 SANDRA NOTI
Mar 26, 2015 w w
Mar 26, 2015 Deny June
Mar 26, 2015 Nava Lisetta The dog meat trade in Vietnam is horrific, illegal, and inhumane - and must be stopped.
Mar 26, 2015 Michelle Ortiz This is horrific abuse. This should be stopped its inhumane treatment of dogs. Horrifying couldn't watch whole video gross miss treatment of anything alive!
Mar 26, 2015 Andrew Strettle I think this barbaric trade should stop. We live in the 21st century, we have gone through so many periods in human evolution and this doesn't need to continue.
Mar 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2015 andrea atanasio

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