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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 23, 2017 Katie Schemehorn
Feb 23, 2017 Penny Amos
Feb 23, 2017 Maritza Patch
Feb 23, 2017 Kristine Wigand
Feb 23, 2017 michele rule
Feb 23, 2017 karen pepe
Feb 23, 2017 M A Sickening practice!! The reason for this is? They can't eat fish or raise chickens...scum!
Feb 23, 2017 Bethany Enomoto
Feb 23, 2017 Jessica DelOrefice
Feb 23, 2017 Eva Garet
Feb 23, 2017 Alson Sachs
Feb 23, 2017 (Name not displayed) We are the most cruel, terrible, demented, idiotic, barbaric, savage, wicked, diabolical, ruthless, merciless, villainous, murderous, cold-blooded, stupid, foolish, evil, sinful, criminal, and corrupt species on earth. This is one of the reasons why.
Feb 23, 2017 Erika Fromme
Feb 23, 2017 Lorraine Corso
Feb 23, 2017 Gale Cardwell This is despicable, please, take the three steps IMMEDIATELY.
Feb 23, 2017 Theresa Tucker
Feb 23, 2017 keely gleason
Feb 23, 2017 Claudia Martins
Feb 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2017 Fred Fall
Feb 23, 2017 Josee Lamontagne
Feb 23, 2017 Pamela Miguez
Feb 22, 2017 Sandra Leaper Dogs are NOT a delicacy. STOP dog meat trade.
Feb 22, 2017 Suzanne Lenhart
Feb 22, 2017 Margaret Melnick Countries that treat animals in this manner should not be allowed to sell their products in a civilized world. Stop buying and selling their products till they catch up on treatment of animals to the rest of the world.
Feb 22, 2017 Diane Best
Feb 22, 2017 Tracy Birrell Cruel and unnecessary!
Feb 22, 2017 Tammy LeBaron
Feb 21, 2017 Nicole Walsh
Feb 21, 2017 Rose Minasian
Feb 21, 2017 So Ho
Feb 21, 2017 Susan Borys
Feb 21, 2017 Stacy Grant
Feb 21, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton See: https://www.theguardian.Com/world/2013/sep/27/eating-dog-vietnam-thailand-kate-hodal
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Deborah Boychuk
Feb 21, 2017 Pamela McNutt
Feb 21, 2017 Eleonora De Giorgio
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Lisa Voile
Feb 21, 2017 Richard Acquistapace
Feb 21, 2017 Carol Polak
Feb 21, 2017 Jessica Walsh
Feb 21, 2017 kathy Wallace
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 janice pemberton
Feb 21, 2017 Amanda Moore
Feb 21, 2017 Kat Pierquet
Feb 21, 2017 Patricia Rank

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