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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


Feb 19, 2018 Ellen Paul
Feb 19, 2018 Renee Thomas
Feb 18, 2018 Barbara Siewert
Feb 18, 2018 Karen Taylor
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Potter
Feb 17, 2018 Pam Freilich
Feb 15, 2018 Tom Rarey
Feb 14, 2018 Graham Gove
Feb 13, 2018 Sharon McCarson
Feb 13, 2018 Marti Worth
Feb 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2018 Patrice GARCIA
Feb 12, 2018 William Jones
Feb 12, 2018 carla bond
Feb 12, 2018 sherry mainquist
Feb 10, 2018 Jocelyn Dotson
Feb 10, 2018 Nalini Persad
Feb 10, 2018 Linda McWilliams
Feb 10, 2018 Anne Brown
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2018 Francisca Brechbuhler
Feb 7, 2018 miaya Sustaita
Feb 4, 2018 Sudeshna Ghosh
Feb 3, 2018 Doris Schaefer
Feb 1, 2018 Donna Tanner
Jan 28, 2018 COLINDA KRAM I HEAR VIETNAMESE ARE A DELICACY
Jan 25, 2018 Subesten Mehra
Jan 25, 2018 Shion Reira
Jan 22, 2018 VICKIE ANDERSEN
Jan 18, 2018 Lois McElwee
Jan 17, 2018 Jackie Radford
Jan 16, 2018 aya oda
Jan 16, 2018 Marjie Thornton
Jan 15, 2018 Marlene Morand This is totally sickening and needs to stop. What on earth makes people do the things they do.
Jan 15, 2018 Sabine Geiß
Jan 15, 2018 marcos ceja
Jan 15, 2018 Teresa Prusko
Jan 15, 2018 beatrice wassermann-otto
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Paul Critchley
Jan 15, 2018 Mary Chong
Jan 14, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Jan 14, 2018 Manreet Sandhu Please stop this gruesome dog meat trade please
Jan 14, 2018 Wendy Tinkler
Jan 14, 2018 Debra Glass
Jan 14, 2018 Rick Thomason
Jan 14, 2018 Shonessi Hillen
Jan 14, 2018 Sylvia George

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