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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 26, 2017 Athina Peter
Apr 26, 2017 Lisa Farabee
Apr 25, 2017 Rebekah Bonney
Apr 25, 2017 Roberto Penaherrera
Apr 25, 2017 Christina Hearns
Apr 25, 2017 Elvira Trebesius
Apr 25, 2017 Audrey Farrelly
Apr 24, 2017 Leon Joubert
Apr 24, 2017 Rose Caffarelli
Apr 24, 2017 Vel Roe
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Apr 24, 2017 Simone Grant
Apr 24, 2017 Khush Mungar
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Apr 23, 2017 Helen Crispino
Apr 23, 2017 Brenda Dumont
Apr 23, 2017 Debbie Reed
Apr 22, 2017 Rebecca Bennett
Apr 22, 2017 Jane Munns
Apr 21, 2017 Simone Duffin
Apr 21, 2017 Christine Wood
Apr 21, 2017 BILL FOWLER
Apr 21, 2017 Debbie Banditelli
Apr 21, 2017 Brittney Coles-Webb
Apr 21, 2017 Cheri White
Apr 20, 2017 Donna Roberts
Apr 20, 2017 Teresa Ryan
Apr 20, 2017 Raeanne Murphy
Apr 20, 2017 bondarenko sandrine stop this awful trade. dogs are our best friends
Apr 20, 2017 Linda Marshall
Apr 19, 2017 Rachael Smith
Apr 19, 2017 Dawn Ciszar
Apr 19, 2017 Hannah Crone
Apr 18, 2017 Kim Lacost
Apr 18, 2017 Colleen Bashore
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Apr 18, 2017 Francine (Fleur) Dufour (De Champi)
Apr 17, 2017 Mitra Pejman
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Apr 15, 2017 Marg Anne Quinn
Apr 15, 2017 Nathan Fisher
Apr 14, 2017 Lisa Trujillo
Apr 14, 2017 Jesse Hoopes
Apr 14, 2017 Shashawna Foland
Apr 14, 2017 Jan Garen
Apr 14, 2017 Jeanette Marcel
Apr 14, 2017 Deb Powell

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