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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 31, 2015 Tracey Murthwaite barbarians
Jul 31, 2015 Allen Keltner
Jul 31, 2015 Farah Ahmad
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2015 andy moore horrible people
Jul 30, 2015 Jerymee Casagnap
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) To horrible needs to be stopped!!!!
Jul 30, 2015 Linda Somers Dogs are to love, not eat. You people disgust me.
Jul 30, 2015 Sushobhit Singh
Jul 30, 2015 Caroline baude
Jul 30, 2015 doris fuchs Boycott all Countries that abuse and steal any living creatures. The Boycott will request the Stop of all Humanitarian relief till this hanus crime stops
Jul 30, 2015 lu Serena
Jul 30, 2015 Daniela Dettling
Jul 30, 2015 Tara Yip
Jul 29, 2015 Michelle Ben
Jul 29, 2015 christine husk
Jul 29, 2015 (Name not displayed) It needs to stop. Humans wouldn't want this outcome in there future why should animals have too.
Jul 29, 2015 Deborah Brown Sick cruel humaine and barbaric what happens to these dogs!
Jul 29, 2015 Tamara Partigianoni
Jul 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2015 Johnathan Padilla
Jul 29, 2015 Elisabeth Wouters
Jul 29, 2015 Claudia Kogus
Jul 29, 2015 shijo babu Pls stop
Jul 29, 2015 Katarina DURJAK
Jul 28, 2015 deepthi ajay
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) STOP THIS HORRIFIC TREATMENT !!!!
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) Please stop this ASAP
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2015 Inday Bautista
Jul 28, 2015 Mahesh Yadav stop being a mark on the name of humanity
Jul 28, 2015 Ana Carolina Ferguson
Jul 28, 2015 Wm Reamy
Jul 28, 2015 Noel MacLeod My heart breaks and the tears flow every time I see the pictures of these innocent faces and the helplessness they must feel . Why in today's society can't this stop and punishment given out to those who continue to give out this cruel despicable act
Jul 28, 2015 Lilian Cantafaro
Jul 28, 2015 Michela Baiardini
Jul 28, 2015 Lisa Lines
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2015 Georgi CHaduneli
Jul 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2015 Billie-Jean Austin This is inhumane
Jul 28, 2015 francesca frascogna
Jul 28, 2015 Barbara Ridgley This must stop!
Jul 28, 2015 mark stewart
Jul 28, 2015 Kirsi Mänd
Jul 28, 2015 Dolly Nagra

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