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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

Aug 19, 2017 Elizabeth McGowan
Aug 19, 2017 Jeannette de Agnolo
Aug 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Rob Croft
Aug 17, 2017 Ingvor Andersson
Aug 17, 2017 Patricia McArdle
Aug 17, 2017 Shelley Dorgan
Aug 17, 2017 Elizabeth Fernandez
Aug 16, 2017 Mike Alves
Aug 16, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Aug 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) Let's be clear. Consumers like their meat laced with Adrenalin. . . dogs are beaten to death before becoming food.
Aug 16, 2017 ashley jager
Aug 16, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Aug 16, 2017 Colleen Rodriguez
Aug 16, 2017 Evelyn Peterson
Aug 16, 2017 Diane Simard
Aug 16, 2017 maribeth henkel
Aug 16, 2017 Rodica Ardelean
Aug 16, 2017 Denise Jackson
Aug 16, 2017 Michelle Veckerelli
Aug 16, 2017 Lucia Bucklin
Aug 15, 2017 Debbie Foster
Aug 15, 2017 Elizabeth Michalec
Aug 15, 2017 Victoria Anderson
Aug 15, 2017 Stavitskaya Natalya
Aug 14, 2017 Melissa McNellis
Aug 14, 2017 Barbara Vallini
Aug 14, 2017 Lynn Onorato
Aug 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 14, 2017 Susan Smith
Aug 14, 2017 Cindy Hathaway
Aug 14, 2017 Elizabeth Flamm
Aug 14, 2017 Cora Barnes This barbaric treatment of dogs must stop. Please have some humanity and stop this dreadful treatment of such lovely and intelligent animals.
Aug 14, 2017 Lydia Lafferty
Aug 10, 2017 cara frame
Aug 9, 2017 Ilse DePriest
Aug 8, 2017 Nellie Baez
Aug 8, 2017 Adele Kirk
Aug 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2017 Kathie Cummings Stop the torture and killing of innocent dogs. Dogs are not food this is considered uncivilized with the rest of the world. Dogs are mans best friend not food. Take action immediately to end this barbaric, sadistic, cruel torture of these innocent dogs.
Aug 7, 2017 Bonnie LaRosa STOP EATING PETS!
Aug 7, 2017 john bonvicino please stop these barbaric killings
Aug 7, 2017 Susanne Mårtensson
Aug 7, 2017 Suzanne Grunberg
Aug 7, 2017 Yuet Ngor Rappard
Aug 6, 2017 Valdyne Viers
Aug 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 6, 2017 Caz Skelly
Aug 6, 2017 Tina Hartman

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