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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 29, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2016 Giuseppina Capasso
Sep 29, 2016 libe rtas
Sep 29, 2016 augusto ottaiano
Sep 29, 2016 giorgi chaduneli
Sep 29, 2016 Escovino Marcia
Sep 29, 2016 (Name not displayed) ISTO É UMA ATITUDE CRUEL , INDIGNA DO SER HUMANO !
Sep 29, 2016 Flavio Dias
Sep 29, 2016 Barb Beronski
Sep 29, 2016 Devin Williams This horrible treatment muddy be stopped now.
Sep 29, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Sep 28, 2016 Jansje Visser
Sep 28, 2016 l wolf
Sep 28, 2016 Dawn Templer
Sep 28, 2016 Vicki Smith Many superstitions are adding to the problem. Please respect life. The poor, innocent animals are tortured terribly which I can't imagine many people would want to have done in their name. The disgusting, unsanitary conditions are appalling. Please stop
Sep 28, 2016 aneliya B
Sep 28, 2016 Marjetka Cerne
Sep 28, 2016 Brenda Merson
Sep 28, 2016 Barbara Jones We are suppose to be civilized and the caring race. I question that.
Sep 28, 2016 Carolyn Forrest Maybe if enough people eating dog meat, get sick and die, it will eventually put an end to this horrific money making scheme, since common sense doesn't seem to enter the equation.
Sep 28, 2016 Tony Skeet
Sep 28, 2016 M-A Lillis I don't have the words to convey my horror and disgust, about the dog meat any country!What is the matter with those people and how many pets have been murdered! I will never travel to Vietnam or China and give them my money,they don't deserve it
Sep 28, 2016 Tomie Bunch
Sep 28, 2016 Ewa Fleming
Sep 28, 2016 Evelyne Hulme These poor dogs and cats are killed in he most horrific way. I feel sick to my stomach each time i think about it. In 2016 this is no longer acceptable and the slaughter houses and restaurants serving dogs/cats (just horrific) must be made to close down .
Sep 28, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Sep 28, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 28, 2016 Nancy Charlton
Sep 28, 2016 Denise Plymale
Sep 28, 2016 Barbara Alves
Sep 28, 2016 Thanh My vo Pleas stop this nightmares omg!!!!
Sep 28, 2016 laurie buys
Sep 28, 2016 Frank Binno
Sep 28, 2016 Michelle Ferguson
Sep 28, 2016 Nevena Markovic If these torture dont stop and human are in great danger.They are a murderes and criminals.Please stop these.Be human,only human!
Sep 28, 2016 Nicholas Banham
Sep 28, 2016 Nicola Walker
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
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Sep 20, 2016 Fonda D'Alessandro

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