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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


Jul 22, 2014 Mariagrazia Altobelli
Jul 22, 2014 Petra Piot
Jul 22, 2014 Robert Oomen
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Jan Durgen
Jul 22, 2014 Susan Woodall
Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2014 Bettina Ehrhardt
Jul 22, 2014 Jayne Dandy
Jul 22, 2014 Debbie Campo I can't even begin to think that it's allowed, this is way beyond horrific......what the hell is wrong with people
Jul 22, 2014 Gareth Hughes
Jul 22, 2014 gia fit help them understand the dogs are no food.neither are cats!
Jul 21, 2014 diana bryant
Jul 21, 2014 veronika fejfarova
Jul 21, 2014 Mia Dravis
Jul 21, 2014 Laura Krause
Jul 21, 2014 Esther Castro
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed) Liberdade para os Animais de qualquer especie, e contra qualquer tipo de maus tratos e crime contra animais.
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Faith Ian
Jul 21, 2014 CJ Winkler This discusting! They are not food!
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Viola White
Jul 21, 2014 Edward Janus
Jul 21, 2014 Catherine Orlowski
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Katia Duverglas Such a shame
Jul 21, 2014 Mary Quain
Jul 21, 2014 Fernanda haberman
Jul 21, 2014 Michelle Mansell Please stop this barbaric act on dogs. It is inhumane and cruel. It needs to end and fmany people should voice theiropinion
Jul 21, 2014 Dave Harrison
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 shana Smith
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Grayce Sturmer
Jul 21, 2014 Rosa Maria Zevallos Reyes
Jul 21, 2014 Nicole Pagni
Jul 21, 2014 Nicole Nahabedian THIS IS DISGUSTING AND COMPLETELY INHUMANE THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO OBTAIN MEAT WITHOUT TORTURING AND ABUSING ANIMALS MEANT TO BE PETS I WANT TO FIND ALL OF YOU SICK FUCKS AND BOIL YOU AND SKIN YOU ALIVE AND RIP YOUR EYEBALLS OUT YOU PIECE OF SHIT
Jul 21, 2014 Shannon Erickson
Jul 21, 2014 Noushin Ghamarian
Jul 21, 2014 Dawn West
Jul 21, 2014 Linda Aardt
Jul 21, 2014 Trudy Steel
Jul 21, 2014 hilary nicholson
Jul 21, 2014 arline king
Jul 21, 2014 Kvetka Ternenyova
Jul 21, 2014 Ronald Caudy
Jul 21, 2014 dani luke
Jul 21, 2014 djellza rasimi
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)

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