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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

Nov 28, 2015 Lynette Dulworth
Nov 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) STOP ANIMAL TORTURE & DEATH - DOGS & CATS ARE NOT MEALS!
Nov 28, 2015 Cristina Silva
Nov 28, 2015 patrizia palladini
Nov 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 28, 2015 Marta Feja
Nov 28, 2015 Tina Plessow-Kohlos
Nov 28, 2015 Christine Engelhardt
Nov 28, 2015 Bianca Kuhlmann
Nov 28, 2015 Dorothy Hudson Stop this barbaric treatment immediately. There is no place on this world that should be so cruel to animals
Nov 28, 2015 Heidrun Poh
Nov 28, 2015 Tanja Fritz
Nov 28, 2015 Laura Kreuer
Nov 28, 2015 Paulo Cupollilo Stop this barbarism right now! This is absurd.
Nov 28, 2015 katia hilario
Nov 28, 2015 Ekaterina nikolaeva
Nov 28, 2015 Nico L
Nov 28, 2015 Jonnae Peck Stop this Evil
Nov 28, 2015 Yvette Dussle
Nov 28, 2015 Maike Tepe
Nov 28, 2015 tina solf
Nov 28, 2015 Manuela Engel
Nov 28, 2015 ivana bracci
Nov 28, 2015 natasha rink
Nov 28, 2015 Gaby Spreckels
Nov 28, 2015 Tina Forster
Nov 27, 2015 Daniela Wergen
Nov 27, 2015 Elke Kaunerth
Nov 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop doing this to innocent .defenseless souls.
Nov 27, 2015 Anaïs Bonroy
Nov 27, 2015 Alysha Hanson
Nov 27, 2015 lida abbassian
Nov 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2015 maya goya !!! :((((((((((
Nov 27, 2015 Charlene Martin
Nov 27, 2015 daniele humphries
Nov 27, 2015 violetta mikos
Nov 27, 2015 saša kampuš
Nov 27, 2015 Linda Artmeier Stop this horrible cruelly now
Nov 27, 2015 Dalia Bone
Nov 27, 2015 graziella wolf
Nov 27, 2015 Isabella Rader
Nov 27, 2015 Alan Haas
Nov 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2015 Gail Coates
Nov 27, 2015 marina anzic
Nov 27, 2015 Doroteja Erhatič
Nov 27, 2015 Karin Bäurle

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