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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

Jul 12, 2014 Gilda D'Abramo
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 Kristi Hendrickson
Jul 12, 2014 Susan Lichner
Jul 12, 2014 Irmgard Schneider
Jul 12, 2014 Kathy Adderholdt
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed) this is barbaric, and sow all Vietnamese in Bad light
Jul 12, 2014 Ruth Puglise
Jul 12, 2014 Marco Borghi because dogs aren't food they are humans best friends
Jul 12, 2014 Sabine Kuchta Fuckin bastards!
Jul 12, 2014 Jana Pinheiro
Jul 12, 2014 Monika Gmehling
Jul 12, 2014 marga renner
Jul 12, 2014 Justine Fehler This is so so wrong and this should be stopped its cruel it's insane and people who think this is ok should be shot. It's not a belief it's not a religion it's barbaric and it's is totally disgusting these people should be punished
Jul 12, 2014 Birgit Schadowsky
Jul 12, 2014 Silvia Barbaresco
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed) this is the most barbaric thing!
Jul 12, 2014 brunhilde stengl
Jul 12, 2014 Jocelyn Ruddell
Jul 12, 2014 kirsty Light
Jul 12, 2014 Waltraud Krenn
Jul 12, 2014 Alexandro Bustos Flores
Jul 12, 2014 Celeste Costa
Jul 12, 2014 Simone Walter Horrorable!!!
Jul 12, 2014 Rosina Glose :-(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((
Jul 12, 2014 Tulta Bladin Its need to stop its inhuman and horribel and the way they hurt them its ugley. Or how they feed them. Stop or we for se you..
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 Katarina Tremkova
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 lil Vincon
Jul 12, 2014 Michael Smith
Jul 12, 2014 Monika Skala
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed) Dogs are a gift to us, why abuse them when we have other food
Jul 12, 2014 Derek McElhone Disgusting eating any meat is disgusting
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 gabi hoffmann
Jul 12, 2014 Jennifer Bevins This is one of many cruelest acts ever seen!!!! This is a disgrace!!!!
Jul 12, 2014 Lance Kammerud
Jul 12, 2014 elzbieta kolska
Jul 12, 2014 Eva Andersson
Jul 12, 2014 Monika Schmitz
Jul 12, 2014 Michael Boshears
Jul 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2014 Mary Ann Andrechick
Jul 12, 2014 rachel clark
Jul 12, 2014 Carolle Beaudry PLease stop this !!!!n

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