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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

Aug 30, 2016 Angie Churchill This is not right and needs to be STOPPED! This needs to be a PUNISHABLE crime.
Aug 30, 2016 Pamela Lebowitz
Aug 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2016 Brittany James Dogs are man's best friend! You don't eat your best friend!
Aug 29, 2016 Jacqueline Johnson
Aug 29, 2016 Julie Craig
Aug 29, 2016 Ariana Johns
Aug 29, 2016 Nina Domergue
Aug 29, 2016 Marisol Álvarez
Aug 29, 2016 Roxana Moya
Aug 29, 2016 Shauna Smith
Aug 29, 2016 Richard Larsen
Aug 28, 2016 Franz Nee
Aug 28, 2016 Emily Willis
Aug 27, 2016 Maria Rios
Aug 27, 2016 Carla Horn Barbaric and disgusting. You people should be severely punished for committing these horrible acts against poor defenseless creatures.
Aug 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 26, 2016 Melissa Rodriguez
Aug 25, 2016 Christine SUNNA
Aug 25, 2016 Hollie Purdy
Aug 24, 2016 Gloria Bacina Dogs are intelligent, domesticated animals who provide services & companionship to millions of humans. They should not be eaten and should be treated with kindness and respect, not abused and eaten.
Aug 24, 2016 Forrest Reinke
Aug 24, 2016 josilda dantas
Aug 24, 2016 sue johnson
Aug 24, 2016 Anne-Britt Ose Kaltun
Aug 24, 2016 Judy Ryan
Aug 24, 2016 Yamilet Marcano
Aug 24, 2016 Leslie Perritt
Aug 24, 2016 Jeannine Laietta
Aug 23, 2016 Ana Isabel Eguiluz Heras
Aug 22, 2016 Liz Menges
Aug 22, 2016 Maria Elisa Sharples
Aug 20, 2016 Vicky Brown
Aug 20, 2016 Deborah Jones
Aug 20, 2016 Marilyn Yeutsy
Aug 20, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Aug 20, 2016 Jeannie Taylor
Aug 20, 2016 Sam McLeod
Aug 19, 2016 Olga Espinosa
Aug 19, 2016 Hazel Kuffer
Aug 19, 2016 Cynthia Von Schlehenried
Aug 19, 2016 SARAH AMARAL
Aug 19, 2016 Joyce Barringer
Aug 19, 2016 Flavia Perizzolo
Aug 19, 2016 Laura Bell
Aug 19, 2016 Sharon Zigomanis All animals are God's creatures. Please stop the cruelty.
Aug 19, 2016 Melissa Hatfield
Aug 17, 2016 brigitte tricot
Aug 17, 2016 Juanice Burroughs

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