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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

Jan 28, 2015 laurence hopkins
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) I want to see this stopped. It's not the culture of the US, so I don't know what impact we will have in a foreign country, good luck!
Jan 28, 2015 mark conway needs no comment
Jan 28, 2015 Jackie Duarte
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Jan 28, 2015 Barbara Garris
Jan 28, 2015 Sharon green
Jan 28, 2015 Maria-Isabel Gonzalez Gil Eating sentient beings is already terrific, but dogs are beautiful, loyal and intelligent. Also the way they are treated is barbaric. Politicians of Vietnam, you are the ones who can make de difference. Protect these dogs from heartless people. Thank you.
Jan 28, 2015 Katie Koehler
Jan 28, 2015 Denise Lochner
Jan 28, 2015 Lara Vito
Jan 28, 2015 Lourdes Quintana
Jan 28, 2015 julie piplica
Jan 28, 2015 Pat Troy
Jan 28, 2015 Denise Fitzpatrick
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Jan 28, 2015 Claudia rosati orrible
Jan 28, 2015 Richard Engle
Jan 28, 2015 Romana Proietti
Jan 28, 2015 Aricka Andersen
Jan 28, 2015 Kathy Aprile
Jan 28, 2015 monica barbuto diritti per gli animali
Jan 28, 2015 amy archer
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Linda Elgin
Jan 28, 2015 Karen Nejedly Shameful!
Jan 28, 2015 Patricia GUIRAN
Jan 28, 2015 Judy Custer
Jan 28, 2015 varina Paone
Jan 28, 2015 Charlene Moody
Jan 28, 2015 paola audi
Jan 28, 2015 Jada Skinner
Jan 28, 2015 kathleen Martinez
Jan 28, 2015 Giovanan Tenace
Jan 28, 2015 Kristin Natvig Stop it!!!! Don't visit restaurants etc where they serve dog og catmeat!
Jan 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2015 Tatevik Tananian Please stop killing any animal, especially dogs, cats, dophins, horses...
Jan 28, 2015 Zuzanna Kordzik
Jan 28, 2015 W S
Jan 27, 2015 Lindsay Hutchison
Jan 27, 2015 Sharon Armbrust
Jan 27, 2015 Regina Coburn
Jan 27, 2015 DONNELL Brake
Jan 27, 2015 corinne mian
Jan 27, 2015 Sharon Dobson If you don't stop this barbaric and inhumane treatment of dogs eventually the people of the world will find out and your country will be shamed. Not too mention your tourist trade will suffer so do the right thing for yourself and for the poor dogs.
Jan 27, 2015 Kathy Tvardzik All I can say it is disgusting and terrible.
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Jan 27, 2015 cristiana germano

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