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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

Aug 30, 2015 tracy eastham the barbaric cruelty that happens in Vietnam must stop if you want the west to think you a civilised country and to visit. I want to see beautiful Vietnam but never will give you my support as a visitor until you stop the tirture of cats and dogs
Aug 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 30, 2015 Jeweliette Valmont
Aug 29, 2015 Jane Fong We must stop this. It is so sad.
Aug 29, 2015 Melinda L. Tumino
Aug 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2015 Susan (Suni) Roberts-Ibarra STOP THIS TERRIBLE ND EVIL UGLINESS NOW!!!!!!!
Aug 29, 2015 Nola Hall
Aug 29, 2015 maureen Hodgson
Aug 29, 2015 Chris Leverich
Aug 29, 2015 Pamela Laughlin
Aug 29, 2015 Lisa Davis
Aug 29, 2015 James Tillotson
Aug 29, 2015 Sam Leggatt What is wrong with you? Why the insane desire to torture and kill animals?
Aug 29, 2015 Lesa Yanikeeva
Aug 28, 2015 Marilyn Turney
Aug 28, 2015 miriam shaw
Aug 28, 2015 Melissa McCracken
Aug 28, 2015 Terri Dymeck
Aug 28, 2015 John Petteford
Aug 28, 2015 Dennann Smith Please stop these heinous acts toward domestic pets.
Aug 28, 2015 grit engelmann
Aug 28, 2015 Crystal Schrag
Aug 28, 2015 lisa washko
Aug 28, 2015 Dawn Droske
Aug 28, 2015 Regina Alesso
Aug 28, 2015 David Crawford
Aug 28, 2015 Susan Bjorgum
Aug 28, 2015 Gail Marceaux There are many animals that have long been bred for food. Dogs are NOT one of those animals. Dogs have been domesticated and are bred for companionship NOT food. Please stop this horrific and cruel practice.
Aug 28, 2015 colby mef don't be third world country scavengers learn to farm don't eat dogs are disgusting and gross hehe Maine
Aug 28, 2015 R. Meylink
Aug 28, 2015 Rose Thompson
Aug 27, 2015 Jillyanne Downs
Aug 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please stop it!! they are not food, they are family
Aug 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2015 Kath Meiklejohn
Aug 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2015 LaVonna Ray
Aug 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2015 m.teresa lopez sanchez
Aug 27, 2015 samarini maryse
Aug 27, 2015 Pamela Eaton Dogs and Cats are our best friends and family members NOT FOOD! Would you eat your child?
Aug 27, 2015 Kim Fanshawe
Aug 27, 2015 Marina Imamura
Aug 27, 2015 debi gray
Aug 26, 2015 Natasha Manes
Aug 26, 2015 caren mesquita
Aug 26, 2015 Lyndsey Roy
Aug 26, 2015 Sylvia Martins

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