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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

Dec 17, 2014 claudia gonzalez
Dec 17, 2014 Agnieszka Szymas
Dec 17, 2014 alena kolomo
Dec 17, 2014 Esther Gordon
Dec 17, 2014 Sarah Jones
Dec 17, 2014 Ronny De Coster
Dec 17, 2014 paul pestello this outdated and barbaric custom has to end
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 Rhonda Pendleton Dogs are not food! They are pets, they have feelings, they feel pain. Eat a salad
Dec 17, 2014 Janet Canpbell Absolutely outrageous, inhumane, I have no words! Stop this now!
Dec 17, 2014 Cristina Mastellone
Dec 17, 2014 Barbara Lawson
Dec 17, 2014 anne fox
Dec 17, 2014 mikayla schultz
Dec 17, 2014 Joelle Nuguet
Dec 17, 2014 Monika Leśniak
Dec 17, 2014 Lucyna Kramarczyk
Dec 17, 2014 Nathalie pennes They eat dogs in Switzerland too. STOP.
Dec 17, 2014 Tiffany Ackert
Dec 17, 2014 Frances Pilato
Dec 17, 2014 Brian Dodge
Dec 17, 2014 Beverly Williams
Dec 17, 2014 William Black
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 Jennifer LeBorgne
Dec 17, 2014 marisol melgarejo
Dec 17, 2014 Linda Cave This is disgusting. Please spare these dogs and people, as well.
Dec 17, 2014 Kees Albers
Dec 17, 2014 jjohnston150 jjohnston1
Dec 17, 2014 Diane Beeny
Dec 17, 2014 Pat Sentementes This is disgusting and it has to stop. It's about time your country joined the 21st century.
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Dec 17, 2014 Daniel Ney
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Dec 17, 2014 Laurel Hartley
Dec 17, 2014 emmy jaspers Stop animalcruelty...
Dec 17, 2014 Graham PITTOCK
Dec 17, 2014 carley price I hope that karma comes back on these evil pieces of rotting excrement threefold!!!!
Dec 17, 2014 Lola Rodriguez
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Dec 17, 2014 Denise Nash
Dec 17, 2014 Jan Jeffreys Please help by signing this petition. It's a tragedy. Let's all try to help stop this by signing this petition. Thanks!
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Dec 16, 2014 dustin douglas
Dec 16, 2014 Angelina Coloma
Dec 16, 2014 mary harrell
Dec 16, 2014 Denise Burch
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Dec 16, 2014 Monica Holcombe

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