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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

Mar 6, 2015 Susana Careaga
Mar 6, 2015 Daphne Hoddinott
Mar 6, 2015 Barbara Goldman
Mar 6, 2015 (Name not displayed) outraged!
Mar 6, 2015 N SVS
Mar 6, 2015 John Collings
Mar 6, 2015 Colleen Adomaitis
Mar 6, 2015 Carol Bowen
Mar 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2015 Dolores Cohenour
Mar 6, 2015 lisa spencer what is wrong with you people! You should be ashamed!!
Mar 6, 2015 Cindy Zatlokowicz
Mar 6, 2015 Annette Gajeski
Mar 6, 2015 emma allen
Mar 6, 2015 Bonnie Schneider
Mar 6, 2015 Susie Hay
Mar 6, 2015 constance agostini
Mar 6, 2015 c c
Mar 6, 2015 sarah fitzpatrick
Mar 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 5, 2015 darcia hurst Dogs give so much to people, they deserve better treatment
Mar 5, 2015 Adam Lerner This is appalling! I don't understand why these people do such cruel things to dogs. It saddens me tremendously.
Mar 5, 2015 Jordan Parmenter
Mar 5, 2015 Kim Fisher
Mar 5, 2015 Cassandra Jacobs
Mar 5, 2015 Barbara Kalish
Mar 5, 2015 Corry Ridder
Mar 4, 2015 Jennifer Haggett Why would you want to eat dogs??? They are here to bring joy and companionship! They deserve to be treated with love they give theirs unconstitutionally. Stop eating these precious animals.
Mar 4, 2015 Nancy Braschuk
Mar 4, 2015 Jo Kovach-Kelsch
Mar 4, 2015 Vicky Krogg
Mar 4, 2015 ashley bartley
Mar 4, 2015 Marcia Ayala
Mar 4, 2015 christine legrottaglie
Mar 4, 2015 cinzia rosetti
Mar 4, 2015 John Noon
Mar 4, 2015 Sharon Adams Please do not allow this horrific occurrence to continue!, Dogs are such a precious addition to our lives. One could not wish for a better friend than a dog!
Mar 3, 2015 Cindi Keane
Mar 3, 2015 kathy szeyller I would never visit a country that allows dogs to be eaten and used for human consumption. STOP doing it please!
Mar 3, 2015 irasema diaz
Mar 3, 2015 Sevda Karagedik
Mar 3, 2015 Victoria Peyser
Mar 3, 2015 Patricia Jackson
Mar 3, 2015 Darlene Duff
Mar 3, 2015 Mildred Rodriguez-Olarte
Mar 3, 2015 Isabella Ondei
Mar 3, 2015 Paula Eaton
Mar 3, 2015 Ann Singer
Mar 3, 2015 Rene Croteau
Mar 3, 2015 Stephanie Whitney

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