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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

Sep 21, 2014 Liz Hawthorne
Sep 21, 2014 Peter Durbák Stop,stop ,stop please!!!!
Sep 21, 2014 Denise Mason
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Kari Rosell
Sep 21, 2014 kammy scott
Sep 21, 2014 Marife Willis
Sep 21, 2014 Nadia Deckert
Sep 21, 2014 Maria Efremova
Sep 21, 2014 Sarah Scott
Sep 20, 2014 Nicky Briggs
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 magda burke
Sep 20, 2014 ioan tomoiaga
Sep 20, 2014 surjeet kaur
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Oh may light enter your hearts and minds and may you all be born back as dogs in your own country if you don't do what is right
Sep 20, 2014 wendy beers
Sep 20, 2014 Amy Holcomb
Sep 20, 2014 Annie Ellie
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 John Schoenfeld
Sep 20, 2014 Christine Thompson please stop hurting these poor innocent dogs they suffer mentally and physically just like a human being so therefore that's reason enough right there to stop the torture on them
Sep 20, 2014 Debra Marshall
Sep 20, 2014 Stephanie Davis There are no words that can describe the pain just watching these poor animals suffer like this. How can this actually go on? What happened to compassion?
Sep 20, 2014 Huguette Auger
Sep 20, 2014 gita bitai
Sep 20, 2014 Dawn Hayes
Sep 20, 2014 Liza Pate It is inhumane and barbaric. STOP THE HORRIFIC ACTS AGAINST DOGS!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 20, 2014 Elizabeth Prado
Sep 20, 2014 Debra hamm This is horrible and needs to stop.
Sep 20, 2014 Cheryl stirzaker
Sep 20, 2014 suraj patel
Sep 20, 2014 Wendy Waas
Sep 20, 2014 Lillian Ingria leaders are a disgrace to the world/mankind for allowing such barbaric behavior in this day and age Shame on the leaders we spit on you and wipe our asses with you until you stop and act in a respectful manner toward these dogs, you won't be respected...
Sep 20, 2014 steven pezzeca
Sep 20, 2014 Charity Rollins
Sep 20, 2014 maria valdez
Sep 20, 2014 Patti stroup
Sep 20, 2014 Janice Briggs Please stop this cruelty, it is inhumane.
Sep 20, 2014 Karen Ross
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2014 Len Frenkel
Sep 20, 2014 Sue Weber I am so sick and disgusted at the horrific acts of animal abuse and murder. It has got to end and the offenders should be punished equal to the crime.
Sep 20, 2014 Sydne Brunner
Sep 20, 2014 bessie solorzano
Sep 20, 2014 Norma Garcia This horrible crime needs to stop, is murder
Sep 20, 2014 patricia king

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