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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

Nov 27, 2014 Janice Brasavage
Nov 27, 2014 kim walsh
Nov 27, 2014 kim walsh
Nov 27, 2014 (Name not displayed) These animals do not mean the difference between starving or eating.
Nov 27, 2014 Agustina Villanueva
Nov 27, 2014 Sandra Hays How sad..please stop this practice!
Nov 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2014 Nan Warner
Nov 27, 2014 Priska Jaeger
Nov 27, 2014 Hanna kühne
Nov 27, 2014 Carlijn Poelman
Nov 27, 2014 Anita van den berge Het zijn huisdieren die eet je niet
Nov 27, 2014 Annie Prosser
Nov 27, 2014 Elsie Martinez
Nov 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2014 Isabella Ondei
Nov 27, 2014 Ede Salvadore
Nov 26, 2014 Marie Dalerstedt
Nov 26, 2014 Stefany Benton
Nov 26, 2014 zan kotnik
Nov 26, 2014 Marsha Carver This needs to stop.
Nov 26, 2014 valerie kirkpatrick
Nov 26, 2014 Linda C
Nov 26, 2014 Kim Guysick
Nov 26, 2014 Carole Alderman This is inhumane, unchristian, sickening in this day an age of science. It is just too horrid to think of this treatment of Man's Best Friend.
Nov 26, 2014 Lisa Pearce
Nov 26, 2014 Keith Beam
Nov 26, 2014 Bettina Baumhogger
Nov 26, 2014 Emily Tenaglia
Nov 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 26, 2014 Theresa Tracy
Nov 26, 2014 Marion Schorr
Nov 26, 2014 Mariana Heymans
Nov 26, 2014 Iris Reinhard
Nov 26, 2014 Carolina Chittofrati
Nov 26, 2014 Arlene Patoray There is no need to kill and eat dogs. This practice should not be continued because it isn't necessary or justifiable today.
Nov 26, 2014 Nicole Gnudi
Nov 26, 2014 Stephanie Gaskill
Nov 26, 2014 (Name not displayed) Dogs are for being pets not for eating or anything else, same as all animals, please leave the dogs alone and stop the cruelty towards them
Nov 26, 2014 Melody Resnik
Nov 26, 2014 Amanda Encinias
Nov 26, 2014 diana pechnick who would eat that meat..tell the people there how bad the meat is ..keep telling them....
Nov 26, 2014 Linda Wright
Nov 26, 2014 Andrew Beaupré
Nov 26, 2014 Jerri Miller
Nov 26, 2014 Beverly Angel
Nov 26, 2014 Stefanie Daborn
Nov 26, 2014 Lynn Miclea
Nov 26, 2014 Morena gambarelli
Nov 26, 2014 Heather McWee

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