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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

Oct 4, 2015 Val Laurent
Oct 4, 2015 Lena Bonalumi The number of stray dogs and cats/anbandoned pets MUST be adressed on a world scale. They suffer and die horribly in ALL countries. In dog/cat meat trade and fur trade this must END NOW
Oct 4, 2015 Lynelle Behler
Oct 3, 2015 Uri Ron
Oct 3, 2015 Ni Made Hari Pertiwi Vaisnawati Please make this horrible dog slaughtering stop.
Oct 3, 2015 Frannie Carpenter Please stop
Oct 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 3, 2015 Paula Rosati
Oct 3, 2015 Jazmin Balandra
Oct 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 3, 2015 Danielle Servas
Oct 3, 2015 Czerny Auyang
Oct 3, 2015 Jeremy Jones
Oct 3, 2015 Donna Russell
Oct 3, 2015 Aaron Bonventre
Oct 3, 2015 Niko Illikainen I'll boycott Vietnam until they disallow eating dog meat!
Oct 3, 2015 Judy Tribe
Oct 3, 2015 barbara kuen
Oct 3, 2015 tracy summey
Oct 3, 2015 Jodi Geery
Oct 3, 2015 sue childs
Oct 3, 2015 cleo watts this is inhumane to the fullest extent these people need to be stopped !
Oct 3, 2015 karol alva cueva apoyemos a los animales y protegamoslos
Oct 3, 2015 william davies
Oct 3, 2015 annette davies stop this barbaric and inhumane trade. Its vile cats & dogs are not food
Oct 3, 2015 marco chiccoli
Oct 3, 2015 lilit margaryan
Oct 3, 2015 Luciana Tjung Please don't eat dog... its so bad and sad
Oct 3, 2015 Radoslaw Kokoszka
Oct 3, 2015 zafeiraki nikoletta
Oct 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) It's insane!
Oct 3, 2015 Karen Bradley Please stop the horrific dog meat trade in Vietnam
Oct 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 3, 2015 Rebecca Oleksiw
Oct 3, 2015 Elina Vadász
Oct 3, 2015 Ines Bettin
Oct 3, 2015 Tony Newton
Oct 3, 2015 Lone Brams It really has to stop, this barbaric event.
Oct 3, 2015 Angelika Kirchhofer
Oct 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 3, 2015 Tish Scholtz
Oct 3, 2015 Lily cicilia Stop animal abuse
Oct 3, 2015 Alexandra Brille
Oct 2, 2015 juli judge
Oct 2, 2015 Gina Cavalier
Oct 2, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Oct 2, 2015 Oktaviani F Tambunan Please stop eat dogs! Dog is friend not food. Dogs have heart. Heart to love people. Heart to love your family. And have heart to love you. Dog can protect you when someone want to hurt you. Please stoped it. Human not killer but human is loving
Oct 2, 2015 Fran Davis
Oct 2, 2015 Antara Duttagupta

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