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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

Jan 30, 2015 Joan Frost
Jan 30, 2015 Christie Boudreaux
Jan 30, 2015 Carol Keith
Jan 30, 2015 Margaret Forman Needs to STOP NOW..
Jan 30, 2015 Nerys Lindsay
Jan 30, 2015 Marnae Jorgensen
Jan 30, 2015 karen bain
Jan 30, 2015 Maya Mungra we should be the voices for animals who are abused cruel....
Jan 30, 2015 Milagros Velazquez
Jan 30, 2015 sherri damiani
Jan 30, 2015 zigou bénichou
Jan 30, 2015 gerard vigor
Jan 30, 2015 Natasha Novich
Jan 30, 2015 suzanne charnock
Jan 30, 2015 marlene rodriguez No cruelty
Jan 30, 2015 Cindy Stottler
Jan 30, 2015 Russell Peele Please stop this practise....dogs are NOT food!
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2015 Biljana Pop Hristic Nužno potreban sistematičan rad na prosvećivanju i edukaciji ljudi u toj Zemlji.potrebno da se uključe aktivisti na zaštiti životinja-pasa!
Jan 30, 2015 Sosefo Mailangi No matter the culture, dogs are our companions, FAMILY even...NOT FOOD....STOP THIS NOW!!!
Jan 30, 2015 lynne zwak
Jan 30, 2015 Judith Gibson Deplorable!!
Jan 30, 2015 carole webb Please stop this discusting barbaric trade
Jan 30, 2015 Louise Broderick
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) Dogs are intelligent, sensitive, loyal and beautiful animals.
Jan 30, 2015 Laurie Steidler-Dennison
Jan 30, 2015 Emily Cunningham
Jan 30, 2015 Chantelle Bugeja
Jan 30, 2015 Elona Ertner
Jan 30, 2015 Leslie Ayers Cruelty beyond belief
Jan 30, 2015 Karen Brigden
Jan 30, 2015 Josephine Clark
Jan 30, 2015 Jessica Sarmiento
Jan 30, 2015 cecilia nevel
Jan 30, 2015 Marti May
Jan 30, 2015 Alessandro De luca
Jan 30, 2015 de car sad, sick, our pets are being eaten.
Jan 30, 2015 Terry Gonzalez
Jan 30, 2015 Christine Chaffey
Jan 29, 2015 Jodie COx
Jan 29, 2015 robert windsor
Jan 29, 2015 michela gollo
Jan 29, 2015 Tanita Bryden No living being deserves this! Please stop!
Jan 29, 2015 christina setinc This is terrible and inhumane. Why would anyone want to take a pet from a loving and caring home just to have it killed and eaten? It's sick and their families must be worried sick about them whoever does this is cruel and heartless. STOP THIS
Jan 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 Fiona McRostie

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