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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

Sep 27, 2016 Eileen Diane Wilson
Sep 27, 2016 caro gagnon
Sep 26, 2016 Ada Novero
Sep 24, 2016 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Sep 23, 2016 Patty Hart
Sep 23, 2016 Sandra Gather
Sep 23, 2016 Lisa Mikkelsen
Sep 23, 2016 Donna Noe
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 23, 2016 Edward Flounoy Jr
Sep 23, 2016 Betty Seger
Sep 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2016 Fonda D'Alessandro
Sep 20, 2016 Frances Bathory
Sep 20, 2016 Rita-Maria Dürrlich
Sep 20, 2016 April Raine
Sep 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2016 Gisèle Ste - Marie
Sep 19, 2016 Carol Shick
Sep 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 18, 2016 amy plamann
Sep 18, 2016 André Henrique Bacci
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2016 Olena Burym
Sep 17, 2016 Kathy Fujimoto How is eating MAN'S BEST FRIEND ever OK????!!!
Sep 16, 2016 Heather McKibben
Sep 16, 2016 Cheryle Ream
Sep 16, 2016 Melissa Hall
Sep 16, 2016 Georgi Mortensen
Sep 16, 2016 gladys carp Stop this cruel practice and NO more torture to these intelligent creatures..!!
Sep 16, 2016 Jennifer Johnson
Sep 16, 2016 Melissa Randall
Sep 16, 2016 Joscelynne Bride This barbarism must be stopped NOW!!! Dogs are God's gift to us as our companions - NOT to be tortured and consumed!!! Dogs are sweet, loving and loyal creatures and deserve to be treated with our respect and kindness. Save our dogs NOW!!!
Sep 16, 2016 Lisa Annecone
Sep 16, 2016 Cynthia Trexler
Sep 16, 2016 Vera Yates
Sep 16, 2016 Mayra Galutza
Sep 16, 2016 Paula Scharenbroch
Sep 14, 2016 mf gamble
Sep 14, 2016 Victoria Huddleston
Sep 13, 2016 Karen Adkins
Sep 13, 2016 Tracy Ho
Sep 13, 2016 Patricia Poole Stop this vile killing of dogs for meat. The Vietnamese government is corrupted and should be educated as to what a disgusting thing they are doing thing to these precious dogs that do not deserve this. They are wonderful living animals that deserv
Sep 13, 2016 Mary Hageman
Sep 12, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Sep 12, 2016 Maria Molina
Sep 12, 2016 cassandra lewis My husband is a Viet Nam veteran. We should have won the war!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a HORRIBLE crime when dogs are man's best friend. NOT a delicacy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 12, 2016 Jenna Harris
Sep 12, 2016 Yana Evteeva

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