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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 20, 2014 dominika jaswiec
Oct 20, 2014 heidi webb
Oct 20, 2014 alicia mate adan
Oct 20, 2014 Raj Perera
Oct 20, 2014 soudabeh chitsax
Oct 20, 2014 Marion Zürn
Oct 20, 2014 keith mccarthy B
Oct 20, 2014 Monica Antonio
Oct 20, 2014 kristi Pardo
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) It is time to stop the brutality...no animal should endure such atrocities especially an animal that has given humans so much
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Debra Goode
Oct 20, 2014 Patricia Short
Oct 20, 2014 Terri De Haan I have a dog whom I love like family. He is sweet, loving, intelligent. A great companion that I look forward to seeing every morning and every night. I rescued him when he was a puppy. Now he recuse me every day. Stop this slaughter now!
Oct 20, 2014 j Carlson
Oct 20, 2014 Eva Lange
Oct 20, 2014 Susan Joyce This is the most vile and disturbing thing I have ever seen or heard of.The treatment of these dogs is totally abhorrent,and the pain and suffering they are forced to endure is un forgiveable.Please I implore you to take action today to end this torture.
Oct 20, 2014 caroline silva
Oct 20, 2014 Emily Beech
Oct 20, 2014 Jane Smith
Oct 20, 2014 Rose Hankerson
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Oct 20, 2014 Barbara Basnier
Oct 20, 2014 Clarette Wenta
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Oct 20, 2014 Melissa bauder
Oct 20, 2014 Madeleine Caron
Oct 20, 2014 Virginie Bouziguet
Oct 20, 2014 Anna Conaghan AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL what kind of world am I living in?
Oct 20, 2014 Elena Velmozhna
Oct 20, 2014 Maggie Gaines
Oct 20, 2014 connie kyrn
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Oct 20, 2014 aline rafaele
Oct 20, 2014 Beth Groneman You will pay! You evil bastards! Monsters. Spawns of Satan!
Oct 20, 2014 Teresa Falco
Oct 20, 2014 Ramya Bhat
Oct 20, 2014 Michael Crosson
Oct 20, 2014 Margareta FURRER Si le monde continuer à ne pas s'occuper du malheur des animaux nous allons à une totale catastrophe.
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Oct 20, 2014 Imelda Padilla
Oct 20, 2014 Laurence GASNE
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Oct 20, 2014 Zuzanna Wolska
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Oct 20, 2014 Ann Kinney
Oct 20, 2014 Pierrette Jeanneret l'être humain est le pire prédateur sur terre, contre toute cruauté envers les animaux

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