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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

Dec 28, 2014 Corliss Decker
Dec 28, 2014 Larry andrews Just wondering how they would like it if we slaughtered and ate their children. My pet are my children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 28, 2014 Noreen Newmark
Dec 28, 2014 Mary Jane Robinson What bothers me the most is that the people who do such a thing know exactly how much suffering they are causing, but they enjoy it!
Dec 28, 2014 Tracy Babauta
Dec 28, 2014 Ellen Russell
Dec 28, 2014 derek pether
Dec 28, 2014 Roxanne Trout
Dec 28, 2014 Chloe Shwayder
Dec 28, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is horrible! Dogs are pets! STOP THIS BARBARIC ACT!!!!!!!!
Dec 28, 2014 ankie brunschot
Dec 28, 2014 Anita Venturi
Dec 28, 2014 Cindy Daugherty
Dec 28, 2014 Laura Miller Dogs are pets, not food!
Dec 28, 2014 babsi pochner
Dec 27, 2014 Eve Jankowski Stop the inhumane treatment of dogs. You would not want to be treated this way, would you ?
Dec 27, 2014 kristina nissen
Dec 27, 2014 Joan DiDonato Please stop this inhumane treatment. Dogs are meant to be loved and cared for, not eaten!
Dec 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) Innocent dogs leave them alone they are not food.
Dec 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 27, 2014 Slimbarszki Margit
Dec 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2014 Thaddeus Ramotowski
Dec 26, 2014 Claudia Nisam
Dec 26, 2014 Manuela Masella
Dec 26, 2014 Serge Garcia Lang
Dec 26, 2014 Isis Paulo malditos
Dec 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 26, 2014 valerie moore
Dec 26, 2014 Dawn Pomento
Dec 26, 2014 Anne Powell
Dec 26, 2014 Chantal van der Hilst
Dec 26, 2014 Judy Hyder Please stop this torture and death of innocent and helpless dogs
Dec 26, 2014 Lesa Drosos
Dec 26, 2014 Andrea Martinez
Dec 26, 2014 Brittney Walters
Dec 25, 2014 Tamara Bragg
Dec 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 25, 2014 Khalid Mithu
Dec 25, 2014 Kanak Chanpa
Dec 25, 2014 Eretrina Kylie
Dec 25, 2014 FAITH DARON
Dec 25, 2014 Kathleen Dalrymple
Dec 24, 2014 Ana M. B. C. Mentone Costa
Dec 24, 2014 Ivonne Teoh
Dec 24, 2014 Rita Ross
Dec 24, 2014 Lena Crowton
Dec 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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