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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

Apr 17, 2014 Lesley Blissett This is absolutely evil, I just cannot imagine how these poor dog owners must feel when their cherished pet is stolen, they could even have their guide dog stolen, I know if it happened to me I would move heaven and earth to get my dog back, kill even!
Apr 17, 2014 angela verzillo stop
Apr 17, 2014 mirjam grubhofer
Apr 17, 2014 Ramona Kleiner
Apr 17, 2014 Christine Purvis
Apr 17, 2014 Jutta Michel-Witt also an animal has a right to life
Apr 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2014 Katrin Schönefeld
Apr 17, 2014 astrid roth
Apr 17, 2014 Petra-Maria Bettinger That's not the way, humans have to act with animals!!! STOP IT!!!
Apr 17, 2014 Birgit Fuchs Stop it!
Apr 17, 2014 daniela grassi
Apr 17, 2014 Cristina Ramella Pezza
Apr 17, 2014 Karin Jetter
Apr 16, 2014 Riley Gill
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Apr 16, 2014 peggy conyers
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Apr 16, 2014 Aaron Tee
Apr 16, 2014 Joanne M
Apr 16, 2014 Janice Wachholz
Apr 16, 2014 Pamela Timmerman
Apr 16, 2014 Jeanne Rasmussen Barbaric treatment of dogs has got to stop. Sickening and disgusting that any human could treat dogs so cruelly.
Apr 16, 2014 Cecy Ramírez
Apr 16, 2014 Shirley Sinclair
Apr 16, 2014 Faye Niesen
Apr 16, 2014 antonella iavarone
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2014 Felicia Frestan
Apr 16, 2014 Luigi Temporin
Apr 16, 2014 Julie Jones This cruelty has to stop!!!!!
Apr 16, 2014 lisa yins
Apr 16, 2014 miriam peste
Apr 16, 2014 tiziana muzio
Apr 16, 2014 massimo chiti conti
Apr 16, 2014 Vicki SimsWhitney
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Apr 16, 2014 Fabrice Le Boedec
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Apr 16, 2014 ada lonoce
Apr 16, 2014 celine o'carroll
Apr 16, 2014 Svenja Grothaus
Apr 16, 2014 alessandra lorusso
Apr 16, 2014 Fabio Lima
Apr 16, 2014 Alan Simon
Apr 16, 2014 Maria Serrano

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