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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 27, 2014 Paul Leonhard
Aug 27, 2014 Maria Riojas
Aug 26, 2014 Jackie Wayman
Aug 26, 2014 Tonya Longmire
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Aug 26, 2014 silvana martello Basta razza maledetta
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Aug 26, 2014 Neena Bowman I am a animal lover and can't imagine the thought of eating one of the creatures that GOD provided us with for love and companionship.
Aug 26, 2014 Barbara Griffin
Aug 26, 2014 julie edghill
Aug 26, 2014 Naomi Dunston
Aug 26, 2014 Siw Tikkanen Aldén
Aug 26, 2014 ADI BEARD
Aug 25, 2014 Christine Bininda
Aug 25, 2014 Graciela Caceres This is inhuman it must be stopped!!
Aug 25, 2014 Catherine Crofton
Aug 25, 2014 Angela Bonner
Aug 25, 2014 Jennette Eaton
Aug 25, 2014 Tammy LIBERTO
Aug 25, 2014 Laura Tester
Aug 25, 2014 Tish Gates
Aug 25, 2014 Robin Longenbach
Aug 25, 2014 ROCIO GONZALEZ
Aug 25, 2014 Julie Blazevski
Aug 25, 2014 Annika Lindkvist Shaking my head WHY ?
Aug 24, 2014 Laura Mitchell I don't know what to say except these are GOD's creatures. They are in our care.
Aug 24, 2014 Valerie VanShuren
Aug 24, 2014 Suzanne McClain
Aug 24, 2014 Lisa Weston Bialy
Aug 24, 2014 Heidi Handsaker
Aug 24, 2014 Dione Melton
Aug 24, 2014 Tauni Mack
Aug 24, 2014 Meritxell Fernandez Casal
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Aug 24, 2014 Alyssa Hill
Aug 23, 2014 Robert Harrman
Aug 23, 2014 Carol Bart
Aug 23, 2014 Clark Brittain
Aug 23, 2014 Len Sherry
Aug 23, 2014 Sheila Getzenberg
Aug 23, 2014 Lewis Weber
Aug 23, 2014 Tamara Medeiros
Aug 23, 2014 Tanya Kok
Aug 23, 2014 nuray baran
Aug 23, 2014 Kathleen Neely
Aug 23, 2014 C Cooke
Aug 23, 2014 Frederick McMullen
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Aug 23, 2014 Marie-Hélène Thiry

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