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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, 2016 Colette Ryan
May 27, 2016 (Name not displayed) They don't need the meat. They do it because they like to do it. Most are stolen pets. The answer to this is to boycott Vietnam, China, Korea, and any other country that commits these atrocities. If they lose enough profits they'll stop.
May 27, 2016 evelyn roberts
May 27, 2016 Mila Counihan
May 27, 2016 Kat Gallagher
May 27, 2016 Dunja Mess
May 27, 2016 Suzie Awad We are outraged!
May 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2016 Esther Clayson
May 26, 2016 Fabio Bertuna
May 26, 2016 karen Hurst
May 26, 2016 Martine Ballant
May 26, 2016 Susan Natale
May 25, 2016 Geneine Payne
May 25, 2016 Ingrid Reich
May 25, 2016 Denise Hertzeisen
May 25, 2016 Carsten Krummel
May 25, 2016 Gabi Ortmann
May 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2016 Sibylle Knor
May 24, 2016 Ursula Kreisch
May 24, 2016 Deborah Lombardi
May 24, 2016 Petra Krpalek Help to make this world a different one!
May 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2016 wanda-kuky keller
May 24, 2016 juan Villegas
May 24, 2016 Jean Paul Pinon
May 24, 2016 Amy Berry
May 24, 2016 Debra Depalma Please stop this!!!!
May 24, 2016 Sheila Winter
May 24, 2016 Nicole Wehle
May 24, 2016 Joe Zalucki This cruelty must stop, dogs are supposed to be mans best friend, how can we betray them like this!? Stop this now!
May 24, 2016 olive halpin stop eating mans best friend
May 24, 2016 Wilma Blaser
May 24, 2016 Magdalena Leja
May 24, 2016 Elli raj
May 24, 2016 Lilli Löbl
May 24, 2016 Holly Harkins
May 24, 2016 Angela Kühn
May 24, 2016 Margarete Pinkowski-Mehu
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May 24, 2016 Roland Limpert
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May 24, 2016 Tina Charette
May 23, 2016 Janet Jones
May 23, 2016 Lynne Morand

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