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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 22, 2017 Susan Bradshaw
Sep 22, 2017 Lilly Lau
Sep 21, 2017 Debra Arszyla
Sep 21, 2017 Julie Novell
Sep 21, 2017 Susan Spangler
Sep 20, 2017 Janice Taylor
Sep 20, 2017 Suzan Sims
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Sep 20, 2017 Joyce Garvin
Sep 20, 2017 Vicky Bosma
Sep 20, 2017 Melissa Clayman
Sep 20, 2017 Sonia Frontera
Sep 20, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Sep 20, 2017 Ellyn Coalter
Sep 17, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 16, 2017 Sherrie Carter
Sep 15, 2017 Vickie Bohy
Sep 15, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Sep 15, 2017 Jeannette remak THIS IS DISGUSTING!!!! Would you eat a baby??? This is a living, thinking soul!!! STOP IT!! EAT RICE!!!
Sep 14, 2017 Lauri Moon
Sep 14, 2017 Jackie Byrd
Sep 14, 2017 marja leino
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 13, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Sep 13, 2017 Sophia Lim
Sep 13, 2017 Lois Freeman
Sep 13, 2017 Mary Galiani
Sep 13, 2017 Mindy Beardsley
Sep 13, 2017 Shannon L Taylor
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Sep 13, 2017 Karola Windweh
Sep 13, 2017 tammy bullock
Sep 13, 2017 Shannah Tenner
Sep 13, 2017 Janice McGivney Keiser
Sep 12, 2017 Heloisa França
Sep 11, 2017 Gen Strydom
Sep 11, 2017 Ilse DePriest
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Sep 9, 2017 Romain Rolland
Sep 8, 2017 Paige Irish
Sep 8, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Sep 7, 2017 Steve Tyler
Sep 7, 2017 Dorothy Simnett
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Sep 7, 2017 Sheryl Moran
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