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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

Apr 22, 2018 Judy Ziegler
Apr 22, 2018 kiri talbot
Apr 19, 2018 Betül Akıncı
Apr 19, 2018 Ilka Armstroff
Apr 19, 2018 Marion Barbour
Apr 18, 2018 Sylvia Breuer
Apr 18, 2018 Christine Fernando
Apr 17, 2018 Monika Epperlein
Apr 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2018 Katrina Brugada
Apr 15, 2018 Dianne Dungay
Apr 15, 2018 Abigail Villodas
Apr 15, 2018 Gina Lippa
Apr 15, 2018 Beverly Mustaine
Apr 15, 2018 Jacqueline McGrath Curtis
Apr 14, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Carrara
Apr 14, 2018 Sharon O'Connell stop this sickening act. They are man's best friend. Don't you people know they were put on this earth as our companions! Cats too!
Apr 14, 2018 galina Dzhaladyan
Apr 13, 2018 Amanda Bunger
Apr 13, 2018 Robin Abbott
Apr 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2018 Cindy Johnson This torture and abuse must stop!
Apr 13, 2018 Julie Berberi
Apr 13, 2018 marta lodge
Apr 13, 2018 Carey Sutton
Apr 13, 2018 Barbara Ellis
Apr 13, 2018 Alexandros Tsagkas
Apr 13, 2018 Dee Authier
Apr 13, 2018 Lollie Klaus
Apr 13, 2018 Debbie Conrad
Apr 13, 2018 Gabrielle Ferro
Apr 13, 2018 Paolo Bitelli
Apr 13, 2018 darien reece
Apr 13, 2018 Carla Beck
Apr 13, 2018 Jabeen Lalani
Apr 13, 2018 Tracy Barnard
Apr 13, 2018 Glenda Kelly
Apr 13, 2018 Tiffany Carder
Apr 13, 2018 Barbara Brodie
Apr 13, 2018 Katie Watts
Apr 13, 2018 Sibilla Hellrigl
Apr 12, 2018 Kathleen Herman
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Apr 11, 2018 georgina italy
Apr 10, 2018 Susan Garrison
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 9, 2018 Anna Stopka
Apr 9, 2018 Kristen Krowe
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