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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

May 22, 2015 Marion Weible
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed) Dogs Are Not A Delicacy
May 22, 2015 coquerel nathalie
May 22, 2015 orjana draci
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed) Dogs are friends, NOT our food.
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 kat koump Stop it now
May 22, 2015 Richard Bosboom
May 21, 2015 Alberto Conenna
May 21, 2015 catherine anderson
May 21, 2015 hazel johnson
May 21, 2015 Celeste Henderson
May 21, 2015 Kelsey Shane
May 21, 2015 Nick Rage
May 21, 2015 baloo sxoina
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2015 Rita Harms
May 21, 2015 ross mullen
May 21, 2015 Madeline Dorset Stop this saddist act you monsters- you should be ashamed. These poor defenceless animals tortured by evil uneducated people
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) Evil, plain evil the way the dogs are treated, much less the fact they're being eaten. Be ashamed, Vietnam---and anyone trading with.
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2015 Louise Anthony
May 21, 2015 Lisa Grillis
May 21, 2015 Irene Persson Detta måste få ett slut. Det får inte gå till så här.
May 21, 2015 Anca Ceraceanu Stop this barbarie!! Shame on you for the tortured animals, all Asia!
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2015 Giorgia Gorges
May 21, 2015 Stoican Radu Sign & Share pls!!!
May 21, 2015 Kelly Privette
May 21, 2015 daniela waldek
May 21, 2015 harry longabaugh
May 21, 2015 Tracy Senn
May 21, 2015 Alessandra Megale
May 21, 2015 Lise-Lotte Norin
May 21, 2015 Sandra Wirz
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2015 Melissa Samonides please stop this! Dogs are family, not dinner!!!!
May 21, 2015 Gabriele Kemedinger
May 21, 2015 anci söderberg Stop this horrible abuse now!
May 21, 2015 Marion Brandtner
May 21, 2015 Sandita Gabriela Nazarov
May 21, 2015 merri chansley
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2015 Karen Egseth
May 21, 2015 costea mihaela
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) Don't just be a human, be HUMANE! PLEASE STOP this horror!
May 21, 2015 (Name not displayed) This is a BARBARIC practice me ahould be stopped NOW!!!
May 21, 2015 karin gertsch
May 21, 2015 carol ashmore

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