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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 13, 2016 Marita Van de schoor
Feb 12, 2016 Linda Shifflett
Feb 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) This is DISGUSTING and MUST be STOPPED!
Feb 12, 2016 LJ Fanning
Feb 12, 2016 Sharon McGuire
Feb 12, 2016 Lisa Boyko
Feb 12, 2016 Sandy Staples Between the health issues and the inhumane treatment, the capture, transportation and consumption of dogs is despicable. Elimination of this practice through legislation and implementation of these laws will help end the black market and protect people.
Feb 12, 2016 Diane Poma
Feb 12, 2016 Marie-Claude Gagnon
Feb 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please bring an end to this, this is barbaric. These sick and twisted people should not be allowed to do this, horrible.
Feb 12, 2016 Melissa Warner
Feb 12, 2016 nathalie quenouille
Feb 12, 2016 Marla Anderson Please stop this horrible act
Feb 12, 2016 Dana Kaplan
Feb 12, 2016 Rob Levy
Feb 12, 2016 Christine Pollei This brutality must be stopped.
Feb 12, 2016 Donna Rayburn
Feb 12, 2016 Maria Claudia Teixeira
Feb 12, 2016 Antonio Valdez
Feb 12, 2016 sandrine beauvais
Feb 12, 2016 Amber Howard
Feb 12, 2016 Virginie FROIGNIER
Feb 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) This needs to change around the world! Dogs & cats are not food. So sad.
Feb 12, 2016 Joy Canu Je ne supporte pas de voir que cette cruauté ne cesse encore d'exister, je demande que cette pratique envers les chiens soit interdite. S'il vous plaît, ayez du coeur, faites quelque chose afin d'arrêter ce massacre.
Feb 12, 2016 Cindy Pettit
Feb 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2016 savannah Fussnecker
Feb 12, 2016 Natasha Madison This is beyond maddening!! I cannot express my anger in words!!!!!!
Feb 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) Ridiculous that this is allowed to happen.
Feb 12, 2016 Brandon Danaher
Feb 12, 2016 Sharon Dunning
Feb 12, 2016 Delicia Burnell
Feb 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) You motha fuckers wouldn't like to get stuffed in a god damn cage would you ? Ugly ass looking motha fuckers I can't stand you foreign people
Feb 12, 2016 Sheila Hitchcock All murder of all non humans must stop.
Feb 12, 2016 Wendy Young This is a barbaric practice
Feb 12, 2016 aline deliere
Feb 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2016 Lone kafle stop this horror stop this now, a dog is mans best friend and family member, highly intelligent and very sweet animal!! How dare you treat them with soutch great disrespect! This must be stoped now, this is sick and barbaric!!
Feb 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) This is dispicable & needs to be stopped!
Feb 12, 2016 Estelle Proust
Feb 12, 2016 goulet antoni
Feb 12, 2016 Grosjean Audrey
Feb 12, 2016 nadege bournonville
Feb 12, 2016 Palumbo Catherine
Feb 12, 2016 (Name not displayed) There are no words for the horror you are allowing upon those innocent creatures that feel pain just as much as we do. This is not a mark of a civilized country. Vietnam is pure evil for allowing this to happen.
Feb 12, 2016 조 윤아
Feb 11, 2016 Robin Riley
Feb 11, 2016 Lawren Rudley Dogs are pets not food

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