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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 27, 2015 Florin Jorza
Jan 27, 2015 Tamara Bragg
Jan 27, 2015 Wilma McDonald
Jan 27, 2015 laura moretti
Jan 26, 2015 Ecaterina Megyes
Jan 26, 2015 Richard Hanson
Jan 26, 2015 Sandra Legendi
Jan 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 26, 2015 Leslie Low
Jan 26, 2015 Beata Uba
Jan 26, 2015 Mary DeWitt
Jan 26, 2015 Robin Rankin Please stop this outrageous practice. It is so cruel and barbaric. These are living feeling creatures. Stop now!
Jan 26, 2015 silvia consonni
Jan 26, 2015 Swetlana Frei Those Vietnamese who murder these precious, loving, affectionate & intelligent animals such as Dogs are pure uncivilized Barbarians. Such unethical way to murder these voiceless, faithful companion animals are totally Evil. Educate those heartless, rut
Jan 26, 2015 Cecily Isle
Jan 26, 2015 Roberta Puccioni
Jan 26, 2015 Mona Ke
Jan 26, 2015 patrizia baldassi
Jan 26, 2015 Lyn Boso EVERY LIFE MATTERS!!!! Animals are not here for us to use and abuse!!!! We as humans are supposed to be the higher intelligence. I think the time has come to prove it so.
Jan 26, 2015 Sara Venditti
Jan 26, 2015 Eleonora Ferrari
Jan 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 26, 2015 Leigh Zander
Jan 26, 2015 simonetta crivelli Stop the dog meat is horrific, illegal and inhumane...and must be stopped
Jan 26, 2015 claudia corona
Jan 26, 2015 Karin Goldsmith
Jan 26, 2015 Patrizia Trisolini
Jan 26, 2015 Danielle Spitz
Jan 26, 2015 Colleen Caraway This has got to be the WORST thing I have come across. This is inhumane and cruel beyond belief! These are innocent loving animals that feel pain and emotional trauma. The way these dogs are being tortured and ultimately die is unbearable and has to STOP!
Jan 26, 2015 Charles Savoie
Jan 26, 2015 Massimo Giuntoli
Jan 26, 2015 Elisabetta Bedori È una crudeltá inaudita, non si mangiano i cani!
Jan 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 26, 2015 (Name not displayed) Eating pets is absolutely disgusting. Just sickening!
Jan 26, 2015 Anais Vecino
Jan 26, 2015 Giulio Corsi
Jan 26, 2015 Martine Lacasse
Jan 26, 2015 linda dibitetto
Jan 26, 2015 eleonora sfoggia
Jan 26, 2015 Danila Milesi
Jan 26, 2015 Donna Paige
Jan 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 26, 2015 Raissa Gori
Jan 26, 2015 giorgia puliatti
Jan 26, 2015 Laura Brusaschetto
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