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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 10, 2014 sy waibel
Jul 10, 2014 Chevalier Murielle
Jul 10, 2014 Sharon Davies
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Jul 10, 2014 Jana Völlmecke
Jul 10, 2014 Doris Duschek
Jul 10, 2014 Melanie Bauer
Jul 10, 2014 Marion Fitzke
Jul 10, 2014 sibel güney
Jul 10, 2014 Regula Hauser
Jul 9, 2014 Camille FURET
Jul 9, 2014 mar gh
Jul 9, 2014 elisa baiano
Jul 9, 2014 karine meugnier stop aux massacres des chiens!!!
Jul 9, 2014 Anika Düring
Jul 9, 2014 Linda O'Neil
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Jul 9, 2014 silena thea
Jul 9, 2014 irene schweizer
Jul 9, 2014 Judith Plump
Jul 9, 2014 Susann Barth Stop this!!!!!
Jul 9, 2014 Jessica Ernst
Jul 9, 2014 Carmen Pologea
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Jul 9, 2014 Shinobu Fukushima
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Jul 9, 2014 Citlali Real
Jul 9, 2014 Heike Hofmann
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Jul 9, 2014 Gene Tascione
Jul 9, 2014 Cher Thewlis
Jul 9, 2014 Jennifer Schonert
Jul 9, 2014 (Name not displayed) Stop this ABHORRENT trade NOW!!
Jul 9, 2014 Laura Jaimes SUCH A CRIME! POOR BABIES!' THIS MUST STOP NOW!!!!!
Jul 9, 2014 SienaDune Buchanan No matter what our situation in life, we must take care of those more vulnerable-this is a despicable practice which has to stop. Treat all animals humanely!
Jul 9, 2014 Monika M.
Jul 9, 2014 Lorena V. Gómez
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Jul 9, 2014 Małgorzata Mazurek
Jul 9, 2014 Denise Frey-Frank
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