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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

May 27, 2015 Patrick Golden
May 27, 2015 Stacy Jackson
May 27, 2015 RENATA, ADLER
May 27, 2015 luigi bertoldo
May 27, 2015 Lisa Radford This horrific torture must end...archaic practice of eating dog belongs in the darkest of ages....not now. STOP
May 27, 2015 Ashleigh Donaldson
May 27, 2015 Loring Kidd
May 27, 2015 darlene scarlett
May 27, 2015 NADINE GUILLAUME Hell takes place on earth in Asia !!!!!
May 27, 2015 Sabina McDowell
May 27, 2015 anna aleksandrov
May 27, 2015 Martha Yamagishi
May 27, 2015 Estefania Leiva
May 26, 2015 Mukta Gosain Plz raise your voice for voiceless
May 26, 2015 tajana zrinscak
May 26, 2015 brenda martin Vile cruel nasty evil
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please stop this. Please
May 26, 2015 yumiko horie
May 26, 2015 Lida mansouri I wish these people learn about love of animals, compassion & learn to respect god's other creatures.
May 26, 2015 Alina aloian
May 26, 2015 Shirley Temple They say you are what you eat, and cannabilism is a crime. Dogs are not meant for food. This a a disgusting and inhumane practise. Would you allow the people in your country to eat each other also. These people make me so angry.
May 26, 2015 stella gevorgian dogs are humans best friend not food !!!!! Why killed so painfully !?????? This should not be allowed to any animal
May 26, 2015 Melina Aloian
May 26, 2015 cat mendoza
May 26, 2015 Clay Davis
May 26, 2015 Linda Le Nguyen
May 26, 2015 Irina Gorlovitski
May 26, 2015 Carlos Rincon Mautner DVM PhD
May 26, 2015 maria eugenia (maru) garcia sanchez Already do not continue to kill all the dogs!!! They help them save please
May 26, 2015 camille dumoulin
May 26, 2015 Courtney Roth
May 26, 2015 Amy Alexander
May 26, 2015 Lena Berber
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 Frédéric Bellery
May 26, 2015 Susan Burns
May 26, 2015 Dina Jennings
May 26, 2015 Dieter Schatto
May 26, 2015 elvira celani
May 26, 2015 juan francisco castro
May 26, 2015 ivana odobašić
May 26, 2015 Ana Torregrosa
May 26, 2015 Sanja Maksimovic
May 26, 2015 Terry Poage
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 CM Gormly dogs have feelings and thoughts and intelligence. This has been scientifically proven. To treat them as you are doing makes you cruel barbarians. Karma will get you.
May 26, 2015 Melanie Cassens
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 nique allsopp Being kind to animals makes us all better human beings (Jane Goodall)
May 26, 2015 Victor Vincent

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