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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 11, 2016 tanya robbins ITS ALSO HIGHLY IMMORAL TO STEAL SOMEONES BELOVED PET AND TOTALLY DISGUSTING TO EAT WHEN THERE ARE OTHER TYPES OF ANIMALS GOD PUT HERE TO EAT
Feb 11, 2016 Lawren Rudley Dogs are pets not food
Feb 11, 2016 Alisha Riordan This is sickening and inhumane!
Feb 11, 2016 YRIKO SASAKI
Feb 11, 2016 lesley saroff
Feb 10, 2016 Regina Schinzel
Feb 10, 2016 Pirjo Niemenrinne
Feb 10, 2016 Edward Kemp
Feb 10, 2016 Ourania Panoriou Shame on you for the pain and suffering you cause.
Feb 10, 2016 Georgios Ilias You are uncivilised.
Feb 10, 2016 KALLIOPE MOUTZALIA ANIMALS FEEL FEAR AND PAIN. PLEASE STOP THIS BRUTALITY. IT BELONGS TO THE MIDDLE AGES.
Feb 10, 2016 hiroyuki nakazima
Feb 10, 2016 Adriana Schmidtova
Feb 10, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 10, 2016 kana kuraoka
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 9, 2016 Polly Xanthos This is a disgrace to your country -the world is watching you.
Feb 9, 2016 Jo Ann Gibbs
Feb 9, 2016 Mary Wingard
Feb 9, 2016 Michael Sackar
Feb 8, 2016 Yuichiro Nishi Basta, Pendejos(-_-#)
Feb 8, 2016 Orsolya Bakos
Feb 8, 2016 Yukari Komeno
Feb 8, 2016 Camille Bautista Dogs , all animals, live in Hell in these countries. I'm determined to end their suffering and murder!
Feb 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2016 藤原 冨希子
Feb 8, 2016 Jackie Maloof
Feb 8, 2016 Moira Fay
Feb 8, 2016 Lorraine Rixon
Feb 8, 2016 Brenda Muller
Feb 8, 2016 Melanie Chrobok
Feb 8, 2016 Katarina Nagyova
Feb 8, 2016 akiko horie
Feb 8, 2016 Chere Conner
Feb 8, 2016 alessandra bigoni vergogna
Feb 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2016 Jo Anna Williamson
Feb 8, 2016 KEISUKE YAMAZAKI
Feb 8, 2016 john gandy
Feb 8, 2016 Anna Bezmaternyh
Feb 8, 2016 Jeanne Leonard
Feb 8, 2016 GROUSSAIN Fanny Human progress
Feb 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2016 Mika Yamanaka
Feb 8, 2016 Gyaren Shakya
Feb 7, 2016 Bellini Karine Arrêtez le massacre!!!
Feb 7, 2016 Anette Cyr
Feb 7, 2016 Simone Maarouf LG Simone
Feb 7, 2016 Ginette Collerette

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