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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


Feb 20, 2017 Caterina Raviglione
Feb 20, 2017 Amanda Caulkett
Feb 20, 2017 Sofia Hopper
Feb 19, 2017 Theresa LaFata-White
Feb 19, 2017 Major Escape
Feb 19, 2017 Lesley Fishwick
Feb 19, 2017 Debbie Penders
Feb 18, 2017 Debra Nelligan
Feb 18, 2017 Jacqueline Young
Feb 18, 2017 Rebekah Mattingly
Feb 18, 2017 Debbie Fitzgerald Please stop eating sentient being. They feel pain and joy just like us. Please STOP THE KILLING NOW!
Feb 18, 2017 Julia Eliot-Roy
Feb 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2017 Paula Espinal Finish them all up this human kill like beast or worst to burn dogs and cat that are alive that is very in human to bad they don't realize how precious they really are
Feb 17, 2017 Sheryl Joyce
Feb 17, 2017 Marsha Croner
Feb 16, 2017 Deborah Murphy
Feb 16, 2017 Tammy Ferrell
Feb 16, 2017 Celia Souto
Feb 16, 2017 Jo Anne Lydwig Stinger You can judge the morality and civilization of a country by how it treats animals. By allowing this to happen you are not only showing your lack of humanity, you are telling the world that you are one of the LEAST civilized countries.
Feb 16, 2017 Peggy Mason These animals are treated so inhumanely it makes you cry. No animal wants to be boiled or blow-torched while alive. May all the diners get rabies.
Feb 16, 2017 suzanne nadeau
Feb 16, 2017 Linda Velez
Feb 15, 2017 Jinny Malik
Feb 15, 2017 Tara Arneson
Feb 15, 2017 Cheryl MacKay
Feb 15, 2017 Jean McClenathen
Feb 15, 2017 STACEY O'BRIEN
Feb 15, 2017 Kim Warmington
Feb 14, 2017 Christine McNulty
Feb 14, 2017 Kir May
Feb 14, 2017 Heidi Moschetti
Feb 14, 2017 Renee Haines
Feb 14, 2017 Scott Sublet
Feb 14, 2017 Christos Christias
Feb 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 13, 2017 Gary Redmore
Feb 12, 2017 Kristina Sedic
Feb 12, 2017 Bolly Maus
Feb 12, 2017 Encarna Ortiz
Feb 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 12, 2017 amelia vitale
Feb 11, 2017 Sharon Blair
Feb 11, 2017 brenda seegers
Feb 11, 2017 Leslie Hickcox
Feb 11, 2017 Dr. Angela Lambert
Feb 10, 2017 krn leon
Feb 10, 2017 Diana Bode
Feb 10, 2017 Claudia Alraun
Feb 10, 2017 LAURA NIX

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