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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

Oct 8, 2015 Lynn Miller
Oct 8, 2015 Heather Cohen
Oct 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 8, 2015 Michelle Wilson
Oct 7, 2015 Elizabeth King
Oct 7, 2015 kevan King
Oct 7, 2015 AnnIe Muril
Oct 7, 2015 Carol Vevle Dogs are a living, breathing being. They know fear & they feel pain every bit as much as we do. I know, what you do to skin a dog for food. This is so barbaric, please come out of the dark ages!! Our dogs are our family & you have no right to steal a pet!
Oct 7, 2015 Frank Fox
Oct 7, 2015 Dana Fox
Oct 7, 2015 Clara Kisinyo-Locher
Oct 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 7, 2015 Philo Caps
Oct 7, 2015 Mildred Johnson
Oct 7, 2015 Doris Hufnagel
Oct 7, 2015 Christen Nelson-Sanders Please stop this evil.
Oct 7, 2015 Deb Schneiders
Oct 7, 2015 Vanesa Ferrando
Oct 7, 2015 Ingrid Kozaczek
Oct 7, 2015 David Haught
Oct 7, 2015 Michael Mueller
Oct 7, 2015 Marsha Meehleib
Oct 7, 2015 (Name not displayed) I dont agree for cruelty!!!!!!!!
Oct 6, 2015 Jim Faulks
Oct 6, 2015 Lindsay Friedman
Oct 6, 2015 Geraldine Rondeau
Oct 6, 2015 Eileen Welch
Oct 6, 2015 Deb Stineman
Oct 6, 2015 Candice Santora Stop taking lives and start saving them. There is no need for anyone to die order in order for humans to live. Stop consuming these sentient beings.
Oct 6, 2015 Dawn Stuart
Oct 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 6, 2015 Deborah Silhanek
Oct 6, 2015 Susan Thurairatnam
Oct 6, 2015 Lesley Ayre No animal deserves to to treated poorly before comsuming. Everything deserves to have a chance at living a good life, and when it's time comes for it to end humanely. How can we even call it "humanely" look at how we humans treat each other......
Oct 6, 2015 Werner Oehler
Oct 6, 2015 David Michel
Oct 6, 2015 Jill Muench All Dogs want to do is love and please their umans! When a family adopts a dog it becomes a family member. Animal abusers should be punished the same as if they were abusing humans! Have a voice & stop are animals from the useless suffering! Pleeeease
Oct 6, 2015 T. Fitzgerald
Oct 6, 2015 Laura Ann Saxer
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Sam Chapman Horrific that dog meat is even eaten but the fact that these animals are stolen pets & suffer heinous atrocities leading up to their cruel & barbaric deaths makes it even worse!!
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 simona hernikova
Oct 5, 2015 Carolin Lentzen
Oct 5, 2015 Michelle Kiss PLEASE STOP THIS!!! Dogs are part of a family they make us happy when we are sad, all they want is to be loved, they are NOT on this earth to be eaten for Dinner!!!!
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2015 Cassandra D'Alessio
Oct 5, 2015 Cassandra D'Alessio
Oct 5, 2015 (Name not displayed) You people are disgusting and CRUEL and EVIL!!! Is there ANYTHING you people won't eat??? Stop this insane and cruel act NOW!!!

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