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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 Erika Ševčíková
Sep 21, 2014 Renee Bradford
Sep 21, 2014 Diane smith
Sep 21, 2014 albert Vidal
Sep 21, 2014 lori eakes this horrific cruelty has to stop
Sep 21, 2014 Moe Moe Thaung-Wieland it is a very cruel things to do.
Sep 21, 2014 Michelle Susanen
Sep 21, 2014 Rosemary Mentese
Sep 21, 2014 Caren Shingler
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed) stooopppp Vietnam........
Sep 21, 2014 Amber McDonald
Sep 21, 2014 Deana Sanchez
Sep 21, 2014 sandy alexander
Sep 21, 2014 Julie Ramsey
Sep 21, 2014 Traci Leu
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Virginie VIART
Sep 21, 2014 patricia owens
Sep 21, 2014 Roya Talezadeh
Sep 21, 2014 eve botelho
Sep 21, 2014 Claire bear
Sep 21, 2014 Pamela Iñigo
Sep 21, 2014 sharon spero
Sep 21, 2014 Jessica Perez Dogs are great companions. What is this? How? Why?
Sep 21, 2014 Michelle Blank
Sep 21, 2014 Olivia Furman
Sep 21, 2014 Lloydene Hill Dogs are not food any more than people are.
Sep 21, 2014 Natalija M.
Sep 21, 2014 Carolyn Edds Please this needs to stop, What you are doing is HORRIBLE
Sep 21, 2014 Inge Glas STOP DOGMEAT,let Dogs live!!!!
Sep 21, 2014 Alejandro Davalos So sad... How come there is so much cruelty in all Asia! Those people are monsters... This must end NOW!
Sep 21, 2014 ya hui chiu
Sep 21, 2014 maureen coakes vile brutal evil murder
Sep 21, 2014 Kim England
Sep 21, 2014 Linda Peterson Imagine yourself in place of any one of these poor wretched stolen pets.
Sep 21, 2014 Darlene Scharfschwerdt
Sep 21, 2014 ALLISON HARDY
Sep 21, 2014 Sandra Buras
Sep 21, 2014 Sabine Becker
Sep 21, 2014 Emelia Low Please end this act!!><
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed) Can't believe this still goes on anywhere in the world
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 Wende Young
Sep 21, 2014 Melinda Carney NO one & NO animal should be tortured for someone else enjoyment. ANIMALS HAVE FEELINGS TOO!!!! Why do people think they can do things to others/animals and it mean nothing!! That is NOT true! No one/no animal should be hurt for ANYONE'S ENJOYMENT EVER!!!
Sep 21, 2014 lis lee
Sep 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 21, 2014 yf siepman
Sep 21, 2014 Victoria Bustamante End This Cruelty!!!!
Sep 21, 2014 patty stindt

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