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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

Jan 24, 2017 Leslie McIntyre
Jan 24, 2017 Patricia Ragazzon
Jan 24, 2017 Hayley Alice Bradley
Jan 24, 2017 Petros Aloneftis
Jan 24, 2017 Junko Kobayashi
Jan 24, 2017 小林 かおり
Jan 23, 2017 robert moeller
Jan 23, 2017 Jack Martin
Jan 23, 2017 m w
Jan 23, 2017 Christine Rochette
Jan 22, 2017 Roxanne Lavin
Jan 22, 2017 Linda Granato
Jan 22, 2017 Caroline Chesebrough
Jan 22, 2017 Cindy Poole STOP this torture.
Jan 22, 2017 Kimberly McDonald
Jan 22, 2017 robyn warner Don't you think it time that the peoples of the '3rd world' evolve into loving caring souls? Time to stop such cruelty!
Jan 22, 2017 Sue Papp
Jan 22, 2017 Ray Morris
Jan 22, 2017 Suzanne Anderson
Jan 22, 2017 Minerva Krueger
Jan 22, 2017 Lori Marsh
Jan 22, 2017 Barb Burgess
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Jan 22, 2017 joyce buckfield
Jan 22, 2017 Pascale BOLLIET
Jan 22, 2017 Coreen Ferrell
Jan 22, 2017 gloria wilson
Jan 22, 2017 mary walton
Jan 20, 2017 N.Z. Gershwin
Jan 20, 2017 Sherrie Dixon
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Jan 19, 2017 Sladjana Ivanovic
Jan 19, 2017 Kevin Maisonave
Jan 19, 2017 Ellen Ribolla
Jan 19, 2017 Michele Caban
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) I can appreciate the practices of other cultures but dog? Stop it!
Jan 18, 2017 Teresa Roberts
Jan 18, 2017 Christine LaGrassa
Jan 18, 2017 Casey O'Conner
Jan 18, 2017 Karen Atkinson
Jan 18, 2017 Sharmini Sewpersad
Jan 17, 2017 Vanessa Marshall
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Jan 17, 2017 Sue King
Jan 16, 2017 Lisa Sala
Jan 16, 2017 linda shingles
Jan 16, 2017 ginger bailey
Jan 16, 2017 Renee Snyder

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