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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 2, 2016 Joanne McAfee
May 2, 2016 (Name not displayed) Evil, Barbaric, Mean, Cruel, Heartless, Sick People,
May 2, 2016 Janis Miller
May 2, 2016 Debra Hirons
May 2, 2016 Sharon Thompson
May 2, 2016 Stacey Pride This is very sad. Dogs are companions not food! Torturing animals is wrong!
May 2, 2016 Judith Gonzalez Please stop dog meat trade in Vietnam .. We will hate Vietnamese .. Please help
May 2, 2016 Lisa Mair
May 2, 2016 Christi Woodard
May 2, 2016 csilla feher
May 2, 2016 Laura Eklund
May 2, 2016 Erin Smith
May 2, 2016 Phil Jacques
May 2, 2016 Cindy Lorenz Please stop this ! It's just not right.
May 2, 2016 Heather Hengstberger
May 2, 2016 Shelly Clapp Dogs have a higher purpose than for food. This must end now!
May 2, 2016 Brenda Harlan Stop this...let the all dogs go, run freely and be adopted right now...!!!
May 2, 2016 Renee Scott
May 2, 2016 michele woodey disgusting uncivilized behaviour to sentient beings. I will never visit your country while this practice exists
May 2, 2016 sylviana moore locke It cruel, I don't understand it at all. Why don't you eat chickens? Sorry chickens, but dogs are loyal, loving companions. It's just disgusting on so many levels. Please stop!
May 2, 2016 Eneida Lira
May 2, 2016 Sue Hansen
May 2, 2016 Jana Bressler
May 2, 2016 Cindy Drazner
May 2, 2016 Lenora Penrod
May 2, 2016 Mary Canausa
May 2, 2016 V Moi
May 2, 2016 Cynthia Saltiel Makes me think horrible of a country who would do this !!! No heart no soul
May 2, 2016 gabriella stazzu
May 2, 2016 Deanna Menendez This is barbaric and animal cruelty! Stop this now!
May 2, 2016 Linda Geiling DOGS ARE NOT FOOD, THIS HAS TO END. EAT A DAMN VEGETABLE . STOP THIS,MURDER
May 2, 2016 Katherine Martin
May 2, 2016 Kathleen Smith
May 2, 2016 Deb Waller
May 2, 2016 Cindy Williams
May 2, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 2, 2016 Karen Micheli It's their world too
May 1, 2016 Leah Regina gatchalian
May 1, 2016 PATRICIA RICHARD
May 1, 2016 STELLA BARKLEY
May 1, 2016 Yvonne Rivas
May 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 1, 2016 india giraldo
May 1, 2016 jean_marc BALLEY
May 1, 2016 Kelley Morrow
May 1, 2016 Patty Byrgei It's inhuman. Those animals deserve better!!
May 1, 2016 Suzanne Driscoll
May 1, 2016 Julie Jensen
May 1, 2016 Marta Haley STOP This cruelty !!!!!!!
May 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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