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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

Jul 24, 2017 Chantal Eldridge
Jul 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2017 Jeanette Crain
Jul 23, 2017 Judith Weber Ms. Nguyễn Thị Kim Tiến, Minister, Ministry of Health of Vietnam, Please lead your populous into the century of compassion and outlaw the archaic, barbaric.
Jul 23, 2017 Cristina Rodriguez
Jul 23, 2017 Louise Sjöberg
Jul 23, 2017 Maria De la torre
Jul 22, 2017 Corinne Rhodes
Jul 22, 2017 Maria Naves
Jul 22, 2017 Kat R
Jul 22, 2017 Catherine D.
Jul 21, 2017 Dolores Herrmann
Jul 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2017 Abigail Perez
Jul 20, 2017 Inga Frauke Majer
Jul 20, 2017 Marilyn O'Loughlin
Jul 20, 2017 Jack Middour
Jul 19, 2017 Lynette Nielsen
Jul 19, 2017 Ruth Benschoter
Jul 19, 2017 Kelli Villis
Jul 19, 2017 Wanda Bunn
Jul 18, 2017 Danielle Ifrah
Jul 18, 2017 wendy Hawthorne
Jul 18, 2017 David Pedrero
Jul 18, 2017 Audrey Morgan
Jul 18, 2017 Mercedes Ante
Jul 18, 2017 Joan Bond Absolutely terrible. So cruel and completely barbaric. Only sick people do this kind of thing. No on in their right mind would do this. These people are savages!
Jul 18, 2017 Christina Paul
Jul 18, 2017 Valerie Vazquez
Jul 17, 2017 Virginia Ilardi
Jul 15, 2017 Tina Heltzel
Jul 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 robin white
Jul 14, 2017 Judy Davy
Jul 14, 2017 Amy Agzarian please, please do the right thing for animal life, it is a measure of our society how kind we are to them
Jul 14, 2017 Janice Flood
Jul 12, 2017 Pam Kelly
Jul 11, 2017 Robyn Nicholson
Jul 11, 2017 riitta hietanen dogs serve humans in so many ways---they should not be served as meat
Jul 11, 2017 Gerald Hallam
Jul 11, 2017 Carole McFarlane
Jul 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 10, 2017 Andrea Schnitzler
Jul 10, 2017 Lori Kegler
Jul 10, 2017 Nicolo Bucaria
Jul 10, 2017 Isabelle Larmour
Jul 10, 2017 Carol Doud
Jul 10, 2017 Joe and Karen Lansdale
Jul 9, 2017 Tonya Raikes

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