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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


May 27, 2018 Julie Wild
May 27, 2018 Amber Schneider
May 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 Pamela Day It is TIME to become a CIVILIZED nation and STOP EATING DOGS (as well as cats!). Growing rice and other grain staples, as well as fishing, can suffice. STOP THIS HORRIBLE MURDERING NOW!!!!!
May 27, 2018 Lena Mamleeva
May 27, 2018 Melinda Matheus
May 27, 2018 Natalia Natasha
May 27, 2018 Sandra Marciante
May 27, 2018 Jean McDermott
May 27, 2018 Lisa Ritchie
May 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 Edward Kotlan
May 27, 2018 Charity Thayn
May 27, 2018 Corinna Morton
May 26, 2018 Geraldine Sharo
May 26, 2018 Karen McHugh
May 26, 2018 Axa Tolonen
May 26, 2018 joy bryan This is BARBARIC!
May 26, 2018 Наталья Буравова
May 26, 2018 Елизавета Василькова
May 26, 2018 Ирина Дурындина
May 26, 2018 Irina Kashirina
May 25, 2018 виктория цыренгармаева
May 25, 2018 ДУЛМАЖАП ЦЫРЕНГАРМАЕВ
May 25, 2018 Нина Волегова
May 25, 2018 Anita Phaneuf
May 25, 2018 Ruth Sheffi
May 25, 2018 Madonna Cechota This is disgusting. Stop it.
May 25, 2018 Jenelle Back -Sercombe
May 25, 2018 virginie van mons
May 25, 2018 Traci Farden
May 25, 2018 Sandi Bowen
May 25, 2018 Julie Rubio
May 25, 2018 Andreja Stimac
May 24, 2018 Steve Blakely
May 24, 2018 Richard Colton
May 23, 2018 alan harper
May 22, 2018 Maria Mason
May 22, 2018 Tracy Simmons
May 22, 2018 J Phillips
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Penelope DeCoster Horrible! Inhumane and unacceptable! Dogs are loyal, loving, companion animals! Stop this practice!!
May 21, 2018 Lizette Fisher
May 21, 2018 Ronda Hightower
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2018 alina stan
May 20, 2018 Marsha Brink
May 20, 2018 Ilse Litzinger
May 20, 2018 Tanja Janker
May 19, 2018 Rhonda Spaulding

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