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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

May 28, 2017 Natalja Šepliakova
May 26, 2017 yvonne Ryder
May 25, 2017 Sandra Leaper Dogs are not a delicacy. Please stop the inhumane, horrific, and illegal dog meat trade.
May 25, 2017 wanda sayers
May 24, 2017 Marla Harrod
May 24, 2017 Maria Ballester
May 24, 2017 Stacy Wykle
May 23, 2017 Timothy Moore I have two dogs of my own and would be horrified if this happened to me. Imagine the sure terror of this! The trade has to stop!!!!!
May 23, 2017 julie munson
May 23, 2017 Carole Mathews
May 23, 2017 Renee Hocevar
May 23, 2017 Karen Lutz
May 23, 2017 monica lane
May 23, 2017 Barbara Phillips
May 23, 2017 Jennifer Day
May 22, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
May 21, 2017 Madhu Pillai
May 21, 2017 Tina Quinones
May 21, 2017 Lorraine Clemens
May 20, 2017 susan miller
May 19, 2017 Heather Wiegand
May 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2017 Sandra Williamson
May 18, 2017 Urszula Jas
May 18, 2017 Melissa Pacheco
May 18, 2017 Cher Hester
May 18, 2017 Angela Torreano
May 17, 2017 regina sondej
May 17, 2017 Lisa Hearn
May 16, 2017 kimberly kruise
May 16, 2017 Debbie Espinola
May 16, 2017 Cassi Redmond
May 16, 2017 Yancette Halverson
May 16, 2017 Julie Craig
May 16, 2017 veronica araujo
May 16, 2017 Barbara Sickles
May 16, 2017 siam bhimji stop eating the chinese and indians instead...there are billions of them
May 16, 2017 Astrid Haigh-Smith
May 16, 2017 Fabian Müller
May 16, 2017 lisa starzi
May 15, 2017 Justine WONT KNOW
May 15, 2017 Elena Burankova
May 13, 2017 Sudeshna Ghosh
May 13, 2017 Nadja Vollbracht
May 13, 2017 Vicki Arnold
May 12, 2017 Theresa Meade
May 12, 2017 Sidhu Fateh
May 12, 2017 Tara Miller
May 11, 2017 Rama Bharadwaj

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