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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

Nov 26, 2015 Cora Gupana
Nov 26, 2015 SUSAN ADKINS
Nov 26, 2015 Laura Grittner
Nov 26, 2015 Paula Lyne
Nov 26, 2015 sabine ottinger-kremer Shame on the people who do the dogs suffering
Nov 26, 2015 Theofili Sotiriou
Nov 26, 2015 Silke Brändle
Nov 26, 2015 Chris Rilk
Nov 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 26, 2015 Anna Alissa Piotrowski
Nov 26, 2015 Becky Ayers
Nov 26, 2015 Christelle Hanscotte
Nov 25, 2015 Thomas Vreeland Boycotting all Vietnamese made goods until the inhumane and cruel treatment of dogs in Vietnam is stopped!
Nov 25, 2015 Janiece Logan I would love to do the same thing to the sick muther fuckers that r harming the digs.
Nov 25, 2015 Lizzie isaacs
Nov 25, 2015 Cindy Schigt Please stop killing the dogs! 💔💔🙏🏻🙏🏻😭😭
Nov 25, 2015 joan lewandowski this inhumane cruelty must stop now--the world is watching
Nov 24, 2015 robert greenfield Dogs are our best friends and we don't eat our friends!
Nov 24, 2015 Estelle MERLET
Nov 24, 2015 Maureen Hodgson
Nov 24, 2015 jenna o'connor
Nov 24, 2015 Georgia Smith
Nov 24, 2015 Kathleen Nowicki
Nov 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 23, 2015 Garth Mc Gowan Dogs are buddies, not barbecue!
Nov 23, 2015 Heather Taylor Sick people eat dogs!
Nov 23, 2015 Shelia Dewolf I think these people are animals that need there ass on a steak!!
Nov 23, 2015 Sheila Merry
Nov 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Nov 23, 2015 henri GUAZZONI
Nov 23, 2015 Russ Blakely
Nov 23, 2015 Karrie Kalich This is awful - find your compassion Thailand and stop this cruelty.
Nov 23, 2015 Adele Harley barbaric
Nov 23, 2015 Justina Osadnik Human and animal are both creatures of God!!! If you kill animals - you kill God!!!
Nov 22, 2015 Caren Woon
Nov 22, 2015 Rosamonde Cook There is absolutely no excuse for this kind of cruelty. Great shame on any country that permits it!
Nov 22, 2015 dorothy weems
Nov 22, 2015 carin robinson
Nov 22, 2015 M Kh
Nov 22, 2015 Tracey Anzalone
Nov 22, 2015 shirley lyc
Nov 22, 2015 Donna Moatassem
Nov 22, 2015 Корепанова Ольга
Nov 22, 2015 chris ng
Nov 22, 2015 evgeniya eliseeva
Nov 22, 2015 LIONEL BRAY
Nov 21, 2015 Steven Ratti
Nov 21, 2015 sheena eaton

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