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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 24, 2015 Bou Nat
May 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2015 Dubuc Chloë
May 24, 2015 Terri McQuillen
May 24, 2015 Sandra Yantos You're disgusting. This torture needs to end.
May 24, 2015 Monticelli Veronica
May 23, 2015 Patricia Doherty
May 23, 2015 Mi Ok Bruining dogs are not a delicacy!
May 23, 2015 Altha Neilson
May 23, 2015 brigitte blond
May 23, 2015 sabine traumat
May 23, 2015 sylvia solsona
May 23, 2015 Robert Miller This is an outrage these lovable animals must be protected ,and not treated like this
May 23, 2015 Jade NOUVEL
May 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2015 penel renee
May 23, 2015 Mallet Virginie
May 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2015 nathalie laskar
May 23, 2015 ducatel cathy
May 23, 2015 brigitte cortes
May 23, 2015 SANDRA DODAC
May 23, 2015 Tanja Lepikkö
May 23, 2015 Mary Hall
May 23, 2015 Jolka Ledus
May 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2015 laurent bouvry
May 23, 2015 nelly Lebaudy
May 23, 2015 gendre nathalie
May 23, 2015 Teresea Avant
May 22, 2015 Donna Marie Trimans
May 22, 2015 Alexandra Butunoi
May 22, 2015 Diana Olaru
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 robin mark
May 22, 2015 Karen Webb Dogs are beautiful creatures and their humans consider them part of their family. Please STOP this horrible cruelty of these precious animals.
May 22, 2015 Jean du Ross
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Gordon Smith
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 pamela miller
May 22, 2015 Dominique Gevenois
May 22, 2015 Jean-François SUZZARINI
May 22, 2015 Penny Karn
May 22, 2015 Tami Fleming
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Cynthia Arneson
May 22, 2015 john lutz
May 22, 2015 Annick Paillard
May 22, 2015 Angel Orona

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