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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 28, 2014 Sherry DeLano
Jul 28, 2014 amanda winfield This is disgusting & can't believe it's allowed in this day and age! Completely heartbroken for those poor dogs. I find it appauling that dogs are eaten anyway, but to make them suffer beforehand is unforgiveable! Get this barbaric, cruelty STOPPED!
Jul 28, 2014 elif inanç
Jul 28, 2014 Lisa Cooper Stop this from happening
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Angela Clough
Jul 28, 2014 mon holland it has to stop
Jul 28, 2014 Carla Hoeben Stop this meat trade at once. thank you
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Lina Rönningberg
Jul 28, 2014 Elcin Tamolcen
Jul 28, 2014 Aishling M
Jul 28, 2014 yalda fallahi
Jul 28, 2014 Deborah Frederick
Jul 28, 2014 Rebecca Rogers Dogs are a mans bestfriend , not his food
Jul 28, 2014 Sabine Danelon
Jul 28, 2014 emma mayo
Jul 28, 2014 christina turpin Go kill each other! Leave the animals alone
Jul 28, 2014 Alistair Brown Cruel evil bastards, they need killin themselves not dogs etc :-(
Jul 28, 2014 Maudy Maharani
Jul 28, 2014 Jacob Smith
Jul 28, 2014 Kirsty Measures
Jul 28, 2014 hulya demirvuran
Jul 27, 2014 hande solmaz
Jul 27, 2014 Mark Trotman This trade must be stopped!
Jul 27, 2014 Manuel Cabrera
Jul 27, 2014 Clare Whiteside The world is watching
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 Kathy Sheerin
Jul 27, 2014 Shannon Fife
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2014 anne baston
Jul 27, 2014 Anita Morgan How can this egregious cruelty stand? Please show the world that your country is not truly this barbaric. Thank you
Jul 27, 2014 Nathalie Rose
Jul 27, 2014 Francesca Ferrari
Jul 27, 2014 Sukran Kirtis
Jul 27, 2014 peggy cassidy cruel and barbaric
Jul 27, 2014 natasha howard
Jul 27, 2014 Paul Jefferies
Jul 27, 2014 Gioia Bortolami
Jul 27, 2014 Giorgia Bortolami
Jul 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) Sembra che certi paesi siano indietro di 200 anni. Insensibili ignoranti.
Jul 27, 2014 Carolina Furtado
Jul 27, 2014 maria campos
Jul 27, 2014 Matt Beastall This is BARBARIC! What kind of people do this to animals?! I'll tell you what, if anyone ever stole my dog like this, I would hunt them down and I would NOT be responsible for my actions when I found them. This is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE & needs to stop NOW!
Jul 27, 2014 Kathleen adams

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