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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 Catherine Noyce
Jul 14, 2014 Barbara Richards
Jul 14, 2014 alba martinez
Jul 14, 2014 Joanne gowrie The inhumane treatment of dogs needs to stop. This act is a disgrace to your nation
Jul 14, 2014 schlebaum yvonne STOP KILLING DOGS FOR EATING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 14, 2014 Nadine Schartz
Jul 14, 2014 karen lesch
Jul 14, 2014 Aldara Bahamonde
Jul 14, 2014 Eileen Sewell No animal should be subjected to some barbaric treatment.
Jul 14, 2014 david RICHARD
Jul 14, 2014 teresa Bonogli
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 sophie Ling #dogs are not food
Jul 14, 2014 Frank Contreras
Jul 14, 2014 Khirsty Farmer
Jul 14, 2014 katrien SEUNTJENS
Jul 14, 2014 Ana Belen Ferrer Barbena
Jul 14, 2014 yolanda webb
Jul 14, 2014 maureen smith
Jul 14, 2014 michele Krolczyk
Jul 14, 2014 Christina Bring
Jul 14, 2014 ISABEL PEREZ
Jul 14, 2014 Marcela Puntigliano
Jul 14, 2014 susan burrows
Jul 14, 2014 Ana Pl Mj
Jul 14, 2014 Tracy Payne
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) I have seen some horrifying things in my day but this is the most Godless thing I have ever seen...
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) Crime, abuso, horror
Jul 14, 2014 agnieszka jaruga
Jul 14, 2014 sandra honsbeek-wilcke
Jul 14, 2014 Jamie-Lee Smit Help!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 14, 2014 Despoina Konialoglou
Jul 14, 2014 Linda Cameron
Jul 14, 2014 Svenja Michels
Jul 14, 2014 iris Armiñana Escrihuela
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Kane Groarke Absolutely disgusting, the videos are like scenes out of a horror movie, these disgusting excuse of human beings need to be stopped and I don't even care how they are stopped.
Jul 14, 2014 stefania deleo
Jul 14, 2014 Eva Cabrejas
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed) This should not be happening!!!!
Jul 14, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2014 Karin Hamich
Jul 14, 2014 Philo Robinson Horrific
Jul 14, 2014 amanda Occhipinti
Jul 14, 2014 Patti Dillon
Jul 14, 2014 daree ah
Jul 14, 2014 Carol Wilkinson This is barbaric
Jul 14, 2014 Aurore Muyldermans
Jul 14, 2014 mary witbooi Barbaric and disgusting animal cruelty
Jul 14, 2014 Donna Pearcey

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