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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

Oct 21, 2016 Novani Munawar
Oct 21, 2016 Tina Brewster
Oct 21, 2016 Diane Leonard
Oct 21, 2016 Marilyn Julyan
Oct 21, 2016 Jean-Marie Albert
Oct 21, 2016 Mansat Corinne
Oct 21, 2016 Jo Ince
Oct 21, 2016 Kathleen Matheson It is important that the Vietnamese government find other food sources. I would like to see the entire planet go vegetarian, but until that day comes, the least we can do is treat animals kindly, and if they must be killed, then do so swiftly/painlessly!
Oct 20, 2016 Mimi Ngo
Oct 20, 2016 Majbritt Engbo Nielsen
Oct 19, 2016 Meredith Maxwell
Oct 19, 2016 Pilar Tornero Martinez
Oct 18, 2016 Kathryn Suarez This is completely horrific and repulsive!
Oct 18, 2016 Ilse Spiegel
Oct 18, 2016 trudi selner
Oct 17, 2016 Aleene Eastwood
Oct 17, 2016 Ellen Prior
Oct 17, 2016 Linda Groff
Oct 17, 2016 Courtney Whiteway
Oct 17, 2016 Theresa Fotinatou
Oct 17, 2016 Caridad Peñalver Albaladejo
Oct 16, 2016 Betty Birdsall
Oct 16, 2016 (Name not displayed) Höchststrafe für Tierquäler!!!
Oct 16, 2016 Mary Barker
Oct 16, 2016 Danuta Wojciechowska
Oct 16, 2016 Agnieszka Wojciechowska
Oct 16, 2016 Melissa Smith
Oct 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2016 Mike D'Aversa
Oct 15, 2016 Shirley Davies The dogs you are killing in your country is barbaric if you needed help because of a natural disaster it is dogs that help to locate people. where would you be with no dogs to find the living.
Oct 14, 2016 A Smith
Oct 14, 2016 Joyce Morrison
Oct 14, 2016 Nurit Dagan
Oct 13, 2016 amber yarber
Oct 13, 2016 Tracy Jelley
Oct 13, 2016 Marc van de Waarseenburg
Oct 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 12, 2016 Hannah Brown
Oct 12, 2016 Tammy Morris-Wells
Oct 12, 2016 Michael Cunningham
Oct 12, 2016 Lindsey Mulraine
Oct 12, 2016 Samantha Powell
Oct 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 12, 2016 Sandi Ayres This disgusting sickening trade needs to be stopped now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 12, 2016 Valerie Fawcett Disgusting abhorrent.
Oct 11, 2016 Marilyn Smith
Oct 11, 2016 Janice McDaniel
Oct 10, 2016 Gisela von Wolff

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