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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

Dec 9, 2016 Cinthya Davis
Dec 9, 2016 Lisa Steward
Dec 8, 2016 Elizabeth Cumberbatch
Dec 8, 2016 Casey Kaemerer
Dec 8, 2016 Nadia Mifsud Don't kill animals anymore pls they are our friends
Dec 8, 2016 ken Maguire shame on mankind for the state of the world we live in, look around, we are the cancer of mother nature and if the animal / marine kingdoms could talk they would call mankind the devil.
Dec 8, 2016 Elisabeth Brandt
Dec 8, 2016 Susan Cook
Dec 8, 2016 Dawn Giroux
Dec 8, 2016 Christopher Ryan
Dec 8, 2016 Stefano Trillò This horror must come to an end NOW!!!
Dec 8, 2016 mark ng
Dec 7, 2016 Bonnie Claggett Animal cruelty must be stopped!
Dec 7, 2016 Lorain MacDonald Sto Stop the evil!
Dec 7, 2016 Geneviève GOULET
Dec 7, 2016 Death Giver
Dec 7, 2016 katja meinhardt Stop this unbelievable animal cruelty NOW!! We will boycott your country and your goods as long as you do not stop this horror! I have friends all over the world and I will post informations about this and your country world wide! Make this an end!
Dec 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 7, 2016 Ankea Kkoutas
Dec 6, 2016 Karen Glennan-West
Dec 6, 2016 Sherry Mattocks Please God help us stop this
Dec 6, 2016 Kimberly Beebe
Dec 6, 2016 Jennifer Brunson
Dec 6, 2016 Paula Maris
Dec 6, 2016 Rebecca Topa
Dec 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 6, 2016 Jessica Wolf
Dec 5, 2016 Anne Moeller
Dec 5, 2016 Linda Dennis
Dec 5, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 5, 2016 B.B. Griffin
Dec 4, 2016 Christos Demetriou
Dec 4, 2016 Diana Chica
Dec 4, 2016 Gwendolen Chaperon
Dec 3, 2016 John Nichols
Dec 3, 2016 Kelly Fletcher
Dec 2, 2016 Martha Rankin
Dec 2, 2016 Mary Arndt
Dec 2, 2016 Katie Pollinger
Dec 2, 2016 Karen Drum
Dec 2, 2016 Jodi Rowe
Dec 2, 2016 Christine Young
Dec 2, 2016 Randi Greenberg This is a horrible way to treat beloved family members!! Those who inflict such suffering on animals and the humans who love them should be treated like the criminals they are!!!!
Dec 2, 2016 Stanley Fistick
Dec 2, 2016 Judith Buckhart
Dec 2, 2016 Amy Wahl
Dec 2, 2016 Patricia Shaw
Dec 2, 2016 Felicia Johansson
Dec 1, 2016 (Name not displayed) Stop Animal Cruelty!!

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