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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

Feb 8, 2016 john gandy
Feb 8, 2016 Anna Bezmaternyh
Feb 8, 2016 Jeanne Leonard
Feb 8, 2016 GROUSSAIN Fanny Human progress
Feb 8, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2016 Mika Yamanaka
Feb 8, 2016 Gyaren Shakya
Feb 7, 2016 Bellini Karine Arrêtez le massacre!!!
Feb 7, 2016 Anette Cyr
Feb 7, 2016 Simone Maarouf LG Simone
Feb 7, 2016 Ginette Collerette
Feb 7, 2016 Katarzyna Szymańska I love my brothers and sisters
Feb 7, 2016 Barbara Janssen Stopp mit der Brutalität. Schluss damit es reicht mit den Qualen an Tieren.
Feb 7, 2016 Martin Gramatke
Feb 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2016 Jean Huelin
Feb 7, 2016 Margherita Pinto
Feb 7, 2016 Nicola Joseph
Feb 7, 2016 Zane Ogrin
Feb 7, 2016 Debra Nourse
Feb 7, 2016 Keith O toole Must stop now
Feb 7, 2016 (Name not displayed) głupie żółtki
Feb 7, 2016 Simon Cantin Stop this
Feb 7, 2016 susanne becker
Feb 7, 2016 Jory Mullen
Feb 7, 2016 Mary Kho Dogs are man's best friend...curse countries that torture them!
Feb 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2016 Anna Jędrzejczyk
Feb 7, 2016 Barbara Jędrzejczyk
Feb 7, 2016 Ralf Colditz
Feb 7, 2016 Aleksandra Burla
Feb 7, 2016 April Boweeman It's just so wrong.
Feb 7, 2016 Barbara Jaynes they need to stop this it's cruel. dogs are not for eating they are pets. they should be charged this is horrible.
Feb 7, 2016 Helena Fernandez
Feb 7, 2016 Guilherme Sartori Dogs are the best friends a human can have, please stop betraying their unconditional love for us. This is very bad for Vietnam's image in the World. Consider that I am sending this message from Brazil.
Feb 6, 2016 J'Amy Sheffer
Feb 6, 2016 suely costa
Feb 6, 2016 marcelo soares
Feb 6, 2016 Karen Soares
Feb 6, 2016 Marjory Carvalho Stop with this!! You're disgusting! Evil
Feb 6, 2016 Mj Sheerin :(
Feb 6, 2016 Palmisano Suzanne
Feb 6, 2016 Annemie Janssen
Feb 6, 2016 Daniela Zandolin
Feb 6, 2016 Patrycja Fitzet
Feb 6, 2016 IRENE TURC arrêter tous les tortionnaires et les punir au maximum
Feb 6, 2016 Tomasz Marciniak
Feb 6, 2016 Anna Borys-Malek

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