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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

Apr 20, 2014 roberta ziegler
Apr 20, 2014 Nancy Wilson-Hagen this generally starts with a crime of theft and gets worse from there. We are supposed to be stewards and guardians for animals such as this.
Apr 20, 2014 ldr Boyle
Apr 20, 2014 Tamara Larenas
Apr 20, 2014 Krisi Allen
Apr 20, 2014 Graciela Canop
Apr 20, 2014 Rachael Verma
Apr 20, 2014 Lisa Leos
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2014 barbara fields
Apr 20, 2014 Sharron Evans
Apr 20, 2014 grun grun
Apr 20, 2014 Nana Bjørnlund
Apr 20, 2014 drenda provence this is the most awful thing I have ever herd of what is wrong with people animals are here to help us and give us companionship and love how could any one want to eat them
Apr 20, 2014 M BR
Apr 20, 2014 Elisabeth Zangerl
Apr 20, 2014 Kelli Leech
Apr 20, 2014 audrey pitt
Apr 20, 2014 xena pourlesansvoix
Apr 20, 2014 Anastasia Stoneking
Apr 20, 2014 jone cartwright
Apr 19, 2014 Elise Buskes
Apr 19, 2014 serge grandmaison
Apr 19, 2014 Deborah Scully
Apr 19, 2014 Elka Zwick
Apr 19, 2014 Keren Klingele
Apr 19, 2014 Maria Dessy
Apr 19, 2014 simonne reinier
Apr 19, 2014 Marie santoro
Apr 19, 2014 Victoria Yarbrough
Apr 19, 2014 anke lichius
Apr 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2014 Sherri Deloach
Apr 19, 2014 Dara Woodworth I think what is done to any animal in these back hill countries cat, dog or anything is horrible. Please stop this now. Anyone who does this is sick indeed.
Apr 19, 2014 Isolda Barranco
Apr 19, 2014 kathleen bird
Apr 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please stop this cruel trade. There is plenty of food in the world without having to eat poor dogs and cats.
Apr 19, 2014 Bonnie Sapka
Apr 19, 2014 Carol HANSEN THE DOG MARKETS MUST STOP. Don't for get the cats too
Apr 19, 2014 Linda Wade
Apr 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) You sick freaking people that thinks dogs are food. Far as I can see, dogs are just as human as any of us. Just because we eat farm animals doesn't mean dogs are on the food chain. It's not right. We need to end this NOW!
Apr 19, 2014 GAUTIER Françoise
Apr 19, 2014 KImberly Tieuli
Apr 19, 2014 Michelle Newman
Apr 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2014 Viviana Carcache
Apr 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2014 Fanny Pitrel
Apr 19, 2014 Fayhaa Doja

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