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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

Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 Leoranne Gall be bad enough to kill humanely to eat but this is beyond words
Feb 28, 2015 Elizabeth D"Onofrio
Feb 28, 2015 Cathy Hall Please stop the killing of these sweet family pets!
Feb 28, 2015 Brenda Bauer STOP THIS NOW!!!!! eat your mother instead!!!!!
Feb 28, 2015 Michael Ramirez
Feb 28, 2015 Christina Corser
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) I find these activities despicable.
Feb 28, 2015 Sabine Griep
Feb 28, 2015 Bernadette Taylor-Hill This is a disgrace to all. Dogs are one of the most intelligent, loyal and loving animals. Treat them with respect.
Feb 28, 2015 Barbara Tocco
Feb 28, 2015 laura link
Feb 28, 2015 Nancy Mugalla
Feb 28, 2015 Darlene Furrow
Feb 28, 2015 Karri Henning This is cruel, inhumane and barbaric...please stop.
Feb 28, 2015 Julia Ritter
Feb 28, 2015 dee salz
Feb 28, 2015 Christne Summers
Feb 27, 2015 john armstrong
Feb 27, 2015 johnnie thompson
Feb 27, 2015 Susan Levin
Feb 27, 2015 Irene Macias Please have some humanity towards animals who have as much right to live as humans do !!! Please show some compassion to those who cannot speak for themselves because they are not human !!!!
Feb 27, 2015 ann brown it is an illegal trade and inhumane treatment of dogs these pets are stolen and they are loved by their families and you stole them how dare you!!1.Make the illegal import of dogs a punishable crime.
Feb 27, 2015 Marina Martyniuk What a horrible thing to do to a companion animal!! Do you have pets? Would you want this to happen to them? Please stop this horrific practice. Thank you.
Feb 27, 2015 Shannon Keiser
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 Brooke Taskila
Feb 27, 2015 Jeanine Spanjers This is disgusting and heart breaking. I'm sickened to know this is going on.
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) We don't want to suffer for your poor judgement and cruelty. Leave our pets alone, And while you are at it maybe your people could get to know some dogs and find out how much better your life could be if you befriended a dog instead of eating them,
Feb 27, 2015 Laila Rice
Feb 27, 2015 emma howley this is barbaric and completely sickening
Feb 27, 2015 Karen Lothridge
Feb 27, 2015 sonia valencia Please protect these dogs. stop meat trade
Feb 27, 2015 Cheryl Berger
Feb 27, 2015 Marilyn Butler Why the delay in your action? Why hasn't this problem already been tackled? Please take immediate steps to end this barbaric practice.
Feb 27, 2015 K TAYLOR
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 Daniel Marks
Feb 27, 2015 Ellen Mashura
Feb 27, 2015 sandra wilson
Feb 27, 2015 Britney Bergum
Feb 27, 2015 Tamara Christie
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) These people are sick. Pets are to be part of the family.
Feb 27, 2015 Laureen McKenna evil its just pure evil. Dogs are the most wonderful God's gift in this terrible world they should be treated with love and kindness always
Feb 27, 2015 Claire Daccardo This is a horrific practice and the Ministry of Health of Vietnam can stop it.!!
Feb 27, 2015 Joan Carter
Feb 27, 2015 Cynthia Sherman-Jones
Feb 27, 2015 Rebecca Roberts This terrible action of eating dog meat must be stopped for good. Please do all you can to put a end to it.

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