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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 14, 2014 Monique Merola This is an outrage! Education is a must here! Dogs are not meant to be eaten!! This dog "trade" is disgusting and must stop!
Jul 14, 2014 beverley warren
Jul 14, 2014 Evy Gjengstø
Jul 14, 2014 Maruji cARRASCO Me parece aberrante.
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Wirda Ningsih Please stop the dog meat trade. Its really against humanity. Don't abuse and torture them! Dog is not a food, they are human's best friend. Please please please..I beg you to stop this now!!!
Jul 14, 2014 Silvia Aragón Espinal
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Rebeca Schwambach
Jul 14, 2014 Holly Storey This is THE most horrific in humane abusive act I have ever come across in my life. It upsets me to no end that this is being done to the one animal put on this earth who will love a human more than he will love himself. It needs to end NOW!
Jul 14, 2014 Karen Record DOGS ARE NOT FOOD.
Jul 14, 2014 Coral Bonnín
Jul 14, 2014 nancy butler this is horrible and needs to stop now.
Jul 14, 2014 Cristina Ionita
Jul 14, 2014 Nancy Diaz
Jul 14, 2014 Tricia meinholz
Jul 14, 2014 renata wolters
Jul 14, 2014 Kim Bull
Jul 14, 2014 Caroline Langlois
Jul 14, 2014 Haley Chabot
Jul 14, 2014 Francisco javier Garcia Marquez El dia que respetemos a los animales el mundo sera mucho mejor
Jul 14, 2014 julie speck
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Julie Brady
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 petri uusi-mäkelä
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Mrs Mozden
Jul 14, 2014 marta gonzalez
Jul 14, 2014 Dori Ribera
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) Stop this horrendous treatment of dogs now!!!!
Jul 14, 2014 Ranya Sarakbi
Jul 14, 2014 Lia Lopes Please pass legislation to protect dogs and cats from being used as meat commodity in your country
Jul 14, 2014 Vicky V Stop torturing animals.
Jul 14, 2014 Donna Nelson What do these people think when they hear the screams and cries from these dogs? Horrific. Needs to stop immediately.
Jul 14, 2014 cher macdonald
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 daniele ruscitto
Jul 14, 2014 marilen torres
Jul 14, 2014 Teresa Márquez Salado
Jul 14, 2014 Lorrie Attalla Stop the cruelty. How would you like it? Do you think you are more of a being than a dog? Who made you. Who made dogs? They just can't talk
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Carolina Medina
Jul 14, 2014 Miryam Vozmediano
Jul 14, 2014 yasuko TAKENOUCHI
Jul 14, 2014 Antonio Ruscitto
Jul 14, 2014 Corinne Parazols-Tellia

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