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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 22, 2014 Maribel Ortega
Nov 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Disgusting and horrific
Nov 22, 2014 Olivia Petty
Nov 22, 2014 Lisa Cunningham This is inhumane. The torture and suffering these dogs go through breaks my heart. This needs to be stopped now!!
Nov 22, 2014 Elizabeth Miller
Nov 22, 2014 Donna Guarino
Nov 22, 2014 Florencia Ferrero Motta
Nov 22, 2014 Chantel Silvain
Nov 22, 2014 Angela Wondergem
Nov 21, 2014 Patricia MacGregor
Nov 21, 2014 June McWilliam
Nov 21, 2014 Mike Pagano
Nov 21, 2014 carrie lanham
Nov 21, 2014 Denise Espinoza
Nov 21, 2014 Bev Reyes
Nov 21, 2014 linda padilla
Nov 21, 2014 Renee Buckland
Nov 21, 2014 (Name not displayed) what is wrong with these people,. WHAT!? can't you find veggies to eat or grow beans or something else? this is disgusting
Nov 21, 2014 christine findlay
Nov 21, 2014 (Name not displayed) Disgusting!
Nov 21, 2014 Jeffrey Jones
Nov 21, 2014 karine auvray
Nov 21, 2014 roberto oliveira
Nov 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2014 Angela Murphy Stop!
Nov 21, 2014 Natalie Austick
Nov 21, 2014 Lisa Hamilton
Nov 21, 2014 Rose King Please stop this it's horrible practice.
Nov 21, 2014 emilie schaumburg
Nov 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 21, 2014 Erika Bailey
Nov 21, 2014 sue summers
Nov 21, 2014 Donna Parker
Nov 21, 2014 Kristyna Stuchlikova
Nov 21, 2014 Pia Holmstedt
Nov 21, 2014 Ella Nilsson
Nov 21, 2014 diana brozovic
Nov 21, 2014 Ashish Thakkar
Nov 21, 2014 Shauna Russ True health benefits come from having a healthy, live dog in your life and by caring for mankind's best friend. This barbaric and inhumane practice makes Vietnam appear to be a backwards country. Please, take the steps to end this practice - NOW!
Nov 21, 2014 whitney ingram
Nov 20, 2014 Amelia Green
Nov 20, 2014 Codruta Onaga
Nov 20, 2014 Denise Mineart
Nov 20, 2014 Bobbie Jimenez Stop this now
Nov 20, 2014 Debbie Speke
Nov 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Stop......
Nov 20, 2014 carol smith The doers of this inhumane deed should be crated, left without food and water , then they might understand misery and suffering.
Nov 20, 2014 Lydia Mendez
Nov 20, 2014 Tiziana Sala Dogs, our friend, thier suffer like us!!!

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