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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 20, 2014 PAMELA JONES
Sep 20, 2014 Marie Losey Because it's cruel and in humane. It needs to stop
Sep 20, 2014 Anna Ristsatama
Sep 20, 2014 william korotkov
Sep 20, 2014 Andy Zehnpfennig
Sep 20, 2014 Angie Gardner
Sep 20, 2014 Liliana Patricia Machare Castillo
Sep 20, 2014 Deborah Lima
Sep 20, 2014 karin sabina jansen
Sep 20, 2014 Rico Zwicky
Sep 20, 2014 Daniela Krucker Zwicky
Sep 20, 2014 Asal Arabzadeh
Sep 20, 2014 christina portokalidou
Sep 20, 2014 Alena Kotyzová
Sep 20, 2014 Carsten Huber
Sep 20, 2014 Phillip Neal
Sep 20, 2014 Kelley Koering
Sep 20, 2014 Diana Marcelo
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Elisha Winstead
Sep 20, 2014 Kelly Carr
Sep 20, 2014 joanne lockhart
Sep 20, 2014 Alexa Moore
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Sharon Meyer I support the efforts of SOI Dog Foundation to stop this barbaric practice from Thailand to Vietnam.
Sep 20, 2014 Bob Brucker
Sep 20, 2014 theresa morris this has to be stop dogs are not food
Sep 20, 2014 Oliver Walton-Harrod
Sep 20, 2014 babak tahmasebpour STOP KILLING DOGS
Sep 20, 2014 Suzanne Capasso Sickening!
Sep 20, 2014 sarah dowding This is wrong and pure evil we must stop this......
Sep 20, 2014 tim berkeley
Sep 20, 2014 Asha Martins Cruelty MUST NOT be tolerated.
Sep 20, 2014 neda fooladi Dog are not a delicacy and must be stoped
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 simona bevilacqua
Sep 20, 2014 Roni Penberthy
Sep 20, 2014 Sarah Grant Guiomar
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Sarah Vidad Please stop Animal Cruelty especially to dogs
Sep 20, 2014 mojgan davoodi please stop dogs killing.pleaaaaaaaaaaaase
Sep 20, 2014 R.m Fonseca
Sep 20, 2014 SANDRA TRASK
Sep 20, 2014 Lesley Holder
Sep 20, 2014 Lesley Holder
Sep 20, 2014 ana jeronimo
Sep 20, 2014 armindokht shirkani
Sep 20, 2014 Lenka Mašková

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