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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

Jul 29, 2016 Ana Carolina Romão Gomes Vamos acabar com essa crueldade, a natureza não merece isso...
Jul 29, 2016 susan lee
Jul 29, 2016 Leilani Palmer
Jul 29, 2016 Ariadna Alonso
Jul 28, 2016 Alexandre Pereira
Jul 27, 2016 Ida Parday
Jul 27, 2016 Michelle O'Shea Carrick
Jul 27, 2016 Angelita Tapas Pugliatty
Jul 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2016 brandy kauffman
Jul 26, 2016 Bob Bellamy
Jul 26, 2016 Michelle Howe
Jul 26, 2016 Marianne Smith Shows a culture of unenlightened people.
Jul 26, 2016 Lane Bell
Jul 26, 2016 Barbara Washburn These are barbarians that do this to dogs, and should be fined and imprisoned for doing such a sick thing to dogs! I hope all that do this die a slow death from some disease they could get from dogs!!
Jul 26, 2016 Jodi Igard
Jul 26, 2016 Jacqueline Hein
Jul 26, 2016 Vanessa Argent
Jul 25, 2016 mario forchelli
Jul 25, 2016 Dale Sloat
Jul 25, 2016 Jan Sloat
Jul 25, 2016 Helen Christensen The dog meat trade is a disgrace for the country and a disgusting trade! It stigmatizes the inhabtants in a very bad way!
Jul 25, 2016 Anne Romanow
Jul 25, 2016 Helen Wordsworth
Jul 25, 2016 Leanne Evans
Jul 25, 2016 Sherry Ficarra
Jul 25, 2016 pamela sutton
Jul 25, 2016 diana bryant
Jul 24, 2016 Esther Brazell
Jul 24, 2016 ROY Isabelle Cesser cette cruauté envers ces pauvres chiens sans défense ! C'est horrible, d'une telle cruauté 😡😭
Jul 24, 2016 Liliana Serrato
Jul 24, 2016 Andrew Sulay
Jul 23, 2016 William T. Wondolowski
Jul 23, 2016 Janine Crescenzo
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2016 rebecca dussetschleger
Jul 22, 2016 Thamy Piacenti Ferreira
Jul 22, 2016 Janice Taylor
Jul 22, 2016 Monica Lanzi
Jul 22, 2016 Elisabeth Jimmink
Jul 22, 2016 Deirdre Newsom
Jul 22, 2016 Karlijn Wevers
Jul 22, 2016 kimberley spraggins
Jul 21, 2016 kaleesha Isaacs
Jul 21, 2016 Diana Frunzi
Jul 20, 2016 Jacob Spillman
Jul 20, 2016 Mary DANDREA
Jul 20, 2016 Sofia U
Jul 20, 2016 Richelle Chaney

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