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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 11, 2014 Marie Firestone
Jul 11, 2014 Sandra Scholler
Jul 11, 2014 Joseph Bonnie Macao is the latest autonomous region to ban the sale and consumption of dog meat. Now it's Vietnam.
Jul 11, 2014 Konstantinos Stamos
Jul 11, 2014 Daniel Lundeen
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed) The dog meat trade in Vietnam is horrific, illegal, and inhumane - and must be stopped.
Jul 11, 2014 Huong Truong
Jul 11, 2014 Kerstin Young
Jul 11, 2014 Raquel Montes
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Roberto Porcedda
Jul 11, 2014 evi xanthopoulou
Jul 11, 2014 Aya Bullock NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 11, 2014 Harriet Kaplan
Jul 11, 2014 Richard Brass
Jul 11, 2014 Crystal Burrow
Jul 11, 2014 Alexandra Zwack Dogs are our friends. They feeling pain like people!!!
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Julia Horak
Jul 11, 2014 Anne Douglass
Jul 11, 2014 Birgit Petzsch Stop it!!!
Jul 11, 2014 Isa Hanusch
Jul 11, 2014 Stefania Brunetti
Jul 11, 2014 Trish Haywood Vegan is the only moral way!
Jul 11, 2014 terry ascone
Jul 11, 2014 charlie rich Vietnamese people must be cruel EVIL DEVILS doing this to dogs.
Jul 11, 2014 Raphaela Gamauf
Jul 11, 2014 luke lakoseljac
Jul 11, 2014 Fabrizio Floris
Jul 11, 2014 Pimpatra Apichachaipong
Jul 11, 2014 Dumitrescu Daniela
Jul 11, 2014 Lucy White
Jul 11, 2014 Sherry Hodskins
Jul 11, 2014 Louise O'Rourke
Jul 11, 2014 kevin maricak no comment just horrible and we need to stop that
Jul 11, 2014 Jennifer van Rooyen
Jul 11, 2014 cjae tyler
Jul 11, 2014 malgorzata rypinska
Jul 11, 2014 Annemarie Trabelsi
Jul 11, 2014 Evelyn Felder
Jul 11, 2014 Bruno Fuehr
Jul 11, 2014 valentina švajcer <3
Jul 11, 2014 Donna Plant
Jul 11, 2014 Marion Spreitzer
Jul 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2014 Mariusz Stodulski
Jul 11, 2014 carolien robbesom

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