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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

Jun 30, 2015 jacklyn salleh
Jun 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) I understand some people have it worse off and maybe dog/cats are the only things you have to eat, and that's not your fault. But please, be more humane about it.
Jun 30, 2015 Fatima Daniel
Jun 30, 2015 Calvin Johnson
Jun 30, 2015 christine burgess
Jun 30, 2015 Marie Pitt
Jun 29, 2015 Lorette Valiquette
Jun 29, 2015 Iliyana Nikolova
Jun 29, 2015 andrea benseñor
Jun 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2015 francoise Viallefond
Jun 29, 2015 Camilla Nilsson
Jun 29, 2015 Lori Kuntz What evil lurks in the hearts of a human to treat an intelligent innocent being like this. STOP THIS EVIL ABUSE!
Jun 29, 2015 kellee rea
Jun 29, 2015 shirley petrie stop this wicked evil barbaric, act..
Jun 29, 2015 (Name not displayed) Sickening and must be stopped!
Jun 29, 2015 Witchell Charley This is disgusting needs to be stopped no more dog meat
Jun 29, 2015 christina koster
Jun 29, 2015 kristin gonzalez
Jun 29, 2015 Amit Sharma
Jun 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2015 s adams
Jun 29, 2015 Shirin Ighani Please sign petition and pass on like wild fire! Yulin, China and Thailand and Africa are the eating dogs and cats!!! Please help stop it!
Jun 29, 2015 Monica Guarneri
Jun 29, 2015 Iris Serrano Please help these poor babies they didn't ask for this they want love and food how can anybody hurt them is beyond any understanding please help them
Jun 28, 2015 audrey oh
Jun 28, 2015 Amy Malloy
Jun 28, 2015 lars pardo why would Vietnam alienate the west where most of its exports are sold?
Jun 28, 2015 michelle durney
Jun 28, 2015 Shawn Campbell
Jun 28, 2015 Judy Fore
Jun 28, 2015 Sherry Dunham
Jun 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 28, 2015 Blanca Hug
Jun 28, 2015 Alicja Bożek
Jun 28, 2015 ken bains
Jun 28, 2015 Renee Feliz
Jun 28, 2015 Amy Thompson
Jun 28, 2015 Leslie Slater
Jun 28, 2015 Alex Corto
Jun 28, 2015 Christa Lohrig
Jun 28, 2015 Debbie Crabbe This cruel and in humane practice needs to stop.
Jun 28, 2015 Solfrid Nyheim
Jun 28, 2015 Gunnar Lien
Jun 28, 2015 denene dobbratz
Jun 28, 2015 Avelina Pereira
Jun 28, 2015 Renate Haefs
Jun 28, 2015 Дарья Шишкина
Jun 27, 2015 Flo Schneider

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