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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

Mar 28, 2017 Doreen Hodsdon
Mar 28, 2017 Janice Bernard
Mar 28, 2017 Joan McKay
Mar 28, 2017 Kara Walmsley
Mar 28, 2017 maria shepard
Mar 28, 2017 sandra Berding
Mar 28, 2017 Hilary Gotham This practice brings shame on your country in the eyes of the world.
Mar 28, 2017 Ingrid Phillips
Mar 28, 2017 Lora Hamman This is so sad and evil and must be stopped.
Mar 28, 2017 Erika McLeod
Mar 28, 2017 Sherrie Collins
Mar 28, 2017 Josie Tuthill
Mar 28, 2017 Kelly Nestelroad
Mar 27, 2017 sabina Bergman
Mar 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2017 Kim Farro
Mar 26, 2017 cynthia Notarianni
Mar 25, 2017 Linda Giorgianni
Mar 25, 2017 gail harris
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Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 JoLayne Fritz
Mar 24, 2017 Thao Vu
Mar 24, 2017 Amanda Bradfield
Mar 24, 2017 melissa mortenson
Mar 23, 2017 Barbara J Anderson
Mar 23, 2017 Barbara Clipard
Mar 23, 2017 Uli Casares
Mar 23, 2017 gail farnell
Mar 23, 2017 Jenna Wilson
Mar 23, 2017 Carrie Carlson
Mar 23, 2017 carol king
Mar 23, 2017 Torunn Hvilsten
Mar 23, 2017 Maria Johnson
Mar 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2017 Georgia Roussis
Mar 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2017 Tatiana Gajdosova
Mar 21, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Mar 21, 2017 Lesley Standridge This is such a Heinous Act of the Worse kind! Dogs/Cats aren't suppose to be Stolen from families and they are suppose to be Eaten, this is just Really Really Gross, Have you No Shame in what you are Allowing to happen in your Country?!
Mar 21, 2017 Karen Snell May God bless you and give you food from other sources.
Mar 21, 2017 anni villadsen
Mar 20, 2017 Sharon Guidi Stop this barbaric act. Dogs are pets and need love just like humans. They give us unconditional love and we should do the same for them.
Mar 19, 2017 Lisa Vaugh
Mar 19, 2017 Tina Warden
Mar 18, 2017 TONI King
Mar 17, 2017 Christine Wright

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