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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 25, 2014 Daniel Tretter
Jul 25, 2014 Linda Ramirez
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please stop this horror!
Jul 25, 2014 Edyta Zofia Siembieda
Jul 25, 2014 Corry Avery Really???
Jul 25, 2014 laura cervi
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 antonietta campus
Jul 25, 2014 Fernanda Gigliotti
Jul 25, 2014 Christine Mack
Jul 25, 2014 Tracy Springs
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Oonagh Weldon What sort of civilisation is That ? dog treated Just llike goose for foie gras ...
Jul 25, 2014 Gail Bartholomew Cruelty
Jul 25, 2014 carla poletti Basta con questo orrore!!!
Jul 25, 2014 Michele Romano
Jul 25, 2014 Maria Mercedes Garcia Mauri
Jul 25, 2014 Kristie Lyon This is an atrocity and must stop now. You're setting an awful opinion of people from Vietnam and the Asian Culture. It is sick, cruel and most definitely evil. I will never support anything from Vietnam or Asia unless you stop this now.
Jul 25, 2014 Paula Kyle
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) STOP..........................................
Jul 25, 2014 Sandra Hallman
Jul 25, 2014 Elisabetta Argenta
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Henriette Heck The dog meat trade is horrific, this must stop !!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 25, 2014 Susan Coleman
Jul 25, 2014 micaela govoni
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) vedere questi scempi nel 2014,è una vergogna essere chiamati esseri umani....
Jul 25, 2014 Suzie Klopping
Jul 25, 2014 Nadia Pace If you respect the animals you will be a person
Jul 25, 2014 A W Jaymes This is an inhumane practice and you degrade your people and your country by participating in it. It must end now.
Jul 25, 2014 josé vazquez
Jul 25, 2014 romina capannini
Jul 25, 2014 gerard FABIANO
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) C'est révoltant
Jul 25, 2014 Diana Lavery
Jul 25, 2014 Cinzia Consolo FERMATELI !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 25, 2014 Lia D'Angelo
Jul 25, 2014 Carrie Morford
Jul 25, 2014 Ana Presta
Jul 25, 2014 Lauren Finkelstein Disgusting and inhumane! No animal should be treated like that!
Jul 25, 2014 j lewthwaite
Jul 25, 2014 Lucia Piviali
Jul 25, 2014 paola di pasquale
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
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Jul 25, 2014 cristina marchetti
Jul 25, 2014 chrystine macphail
Jul 25, 2014 Debbie Lamm
Jul 25, 2014 cristina beccati

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