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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


Sep 1, 2014 Josy Canova
Sep 1, 2014 jason coffey Absolutely disgraceful
Sep 1, 2014 Elimaris Gonzalez
Sep 1, 2014 Tim Ekroth
Sep 1, 2014 vera lembo
Sep 1, 2014 Marie-Louise W söderström
Sep 1, 2014 Francesco Rome
Sep 1, 2014 yulia shu The dog meat trade in Vietnam is horrific, illegal, and inhumane - and must be stopped.
Aug 31, 2014 Linda Baatz
Aug 31, 2014 Nikki Velonis
Aug 31, 2014 Anne Lee
Aug 31, 2014 Bee Meckes
Aug 31, 2014 jo huneault
Aug 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2014 Rosanne Couston
Aug 31, 2014 elsa elsa BARBARIC
Aug 31, 2014 BRETT DOWIE
Aug 31, 2014 Katrina White
Aug 31, 2014 Sherry Ochoa-Rounkles
Aug 31, 2014 Liz Williams Animals should be treated as equals. They are living beings. Therefore what man does to them by being cruel is plain and simple racism
Aug 31, 2014 Paulette Archuleta
Aug 31, 2014 Annette Astin Stop eating dogs.They are not food .
Aug 31, 2014 coral luna Please help these poor innocent animals, including the dogs in China, not just China but everywhere in the world stop the abuse and give them the love that they need please help them.
Aug 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2014 Chelle Eng Pls help the dogs from these heartless humans. Someone has to speak for them.
Aug 31, 2014 maria flores It`s brutalllllll how can they be so beast!!
Aug 31, 2014 Claudia Rocha Godoy
Aug 31, 2014 tanna schexnayder Dogs hurt just as we do. The people who do this should have the same treatment.....
Aug 31, 2014 maria alipranti
Aug 31, 2014 j jorda Digusting treatment of animals
Aug 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) maltrato ao animal é covardia
Aug 31, 2014 Eduardo Mendonça
Aug 31, 2014 rosa rosa de lourdes gomes
Aug 31, 2014 Vânia Costa
Aug 31, 2014 gisele dutra
Aug 31, 2014 MARIA PRISCILA justino
Aug 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2014 FRANCINE B QUE SA CESSE ABSOLUMENT
Aug 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2014 TAMARA ELIA
Aug 31, 2014 MARCIA COSTA
Aug 31, 2014 Natalya Nays I love animals!! GO VEGAN!
Aug 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 31, 2014 vanessa grigoleto
Aug 31, 2014 Ana Lucia Luiz
Aug 31, 2014 vanessa elia
Aug 31, 2014 Patty Jackson Please stop killing Animals.
Aug 31, 2014 Chad I
Aug 31, 2014 Eunice Matte
Aug 31, 2014 Andrea Beutler

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