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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

Jun 27, 2017 Honora Bowen
Jun 27, 2017 Howard Block
Jun 27, 2017 nikki g
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed) Dogs have been a COMPANION animal for humans since the beginning of time. Look at all they’ve done for us! Guide the visually impaired, search and rescue, police work (locating drugs and bombs and helping officers catch criminals), therapy dogs who help p
Jun 27, 2017 Monika Dobo-Kohl
Jun 26, 2017 Teresa Tyler
Jun 26, 2017 Maelie Bugat
Jun 26, 2017 Sandra DeFazio
Jun 25, 2017 Martina Behla
Jun 25, 2017 STEVE TARDIF
Jun 24, 2017 Judy Dolan
Jun 24, 2017 Rosa Cabrerizo BOICOT CONTINENTE ASIATICO
Jun 24, 2017 Sandra Padilla
Jun 24, 2017 Margherita Cairo
Jun 24, 2017 Renata Wójcik
Jun 23, 2017 Melissa Ross
Jun 23, 2017 Janet Goldie
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Jun 23, 2017 Jacob Lam
Jun 23, 2017 Gemdia Lee
Jun 23, 2017 Jennifer Griffin
Jun 23, 2017 joshua lammerts
Jun 23, 2017 Kathy Fleming
Jun 23, 2017 sabrina mattiassi
Jun 23, 2017 MAITE LEFORT
Jun 23, 2017 annemie Vervoort
Jun 22, 2017 Brenda Velazco
Jun 22, 2017 petra kindt
Jun 22, 2017 Vivian Pun
Jun 22, 2017 Alejandra Ramírez Martínez
Jun 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 22, 2017 Michael Lockington
Jun 22, 2017 Cheng Chor fong
Jun 22, 2017 NI MADE YENNI S
Jun 22, 2017 Mauricio Moctezuma Stop this suffering of the dogs, because they are also human beings
Jun 22, 2017 Mia Casanova
Jun 22, 2017 Małgorzata Katarzyna To haniebny proceder !
Jun 22, 2017 shaun figueiredo
Jun 22, 2017 Paul Gilbert
Jun 22, 2017 anca popescu
Jun 22, 2017 Elanor Widmer Stop this cruel and inhumane practice in ALL Asian countries!!!
Jun 22, 2017 vane o Dogs Are Not A Delicacy The dog meat trade in Vietnam is horrific, illegal, and inhumane - and must be stopped.
Jun 22, 2017 A.C. van Dongen this must stop now!!!!!!
Jun 22, 2017 Barrabes antonia
Jun 22, 2017 Manuela Pineda Stop this horror
Jun 22, 2017 Diana Zimmerman
Jun 22, 2017 Karin Van der beek
Jun 22, 2017 celine ARNAY

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