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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

Mar 24, 2018 Tina Thurlow
Mar 24, 2018 Katherine Stern
Mar 24, 2018 Christopher Lang
Mar 24, 2018 Josianne Baribeau
Mar 24, 2018 rani dharker
Mar 24, 2018 linda landin
Mar 23, 2018 Melissa Fuller
Mar 23, 2018 Lisa Hagan
Mar 23, 2018 sylvia Vielma
Mar 23, 2018 Karen Drum
Mar 23, 2018 Kate Evans
Mar 23, 2018 Idalina Pinto
Mar 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2018 Kimberly Wong-Hyde
Mar 22, 2018 Todd Losapio
Mar 22, 2018 Brooke Prather
Mar 21, 2018 Carla Montes
Mar 21, 2018 Kathe Garbrick
Mar 21, 2018 carole clairet
Mar 20, 2018 Linda Borner
Mar 20, 2018 Sue Szambelak
Mar 19, 2018 Danielle Autullo
Mar 19, 2018 Maria R. Gomez
Mar 18, 2018 Candi Gaona
Mar 18, 2018 Ana Suarez
Mar 18, 2018 Lourdes San Jose
Mar 17, 2018 Andre Meaux
Mar 17, 2018 Lesley Adamson Please stop eating dogs, they are our faithful friends.
Mar 17, 2018 Kristine Renick
Mar 17, 2018 Marlene Smith
Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2018 Tonya Ivey
Mar 15, 2018 Angela Danzik
Mar 15, 2018 Darlene King This is ignorance and barbarism.
Mar 15, 2018 LYNN SCHNAUFER It is disgusting and wrong.
Mar 15, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 15, 2018 Wendy Springstead
Mar 15, 2018 Sherry Nechaj
Mar 15, 2018 Mercedes Montes
Mar 15, 2018 Dianne Harris
Mar 14, 2018 Rowel Flores
Mar 14, 2018 Sanna Mohammad
Mar 14, 2018 christina soli
Mar 13, 2018 Kelly Shanks
Mar 13, 2018 irene riviere
Mar 12, 2018 Karen Pearlman stop the cruelty!!
Mar 12, 2018 Claudia Schwarze
Mar 11, 2018 Lina Guerrero
Mar 11, 2018 yasmine sevault
Mar 11, 2018 phillippa braithwaite

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