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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

Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2017 Sladjana Ivanovic
Jan 19, 2017 Kevin Maisonave
Jan 19, 2017 Ellen Ribolla
Jan 19, 2017 Michele Caban
Jan 19, 2017 (Name not displayed) I can appreciate the practices of other cultures but dog? Stop it!
Jan 18, 2017 Teresa Roberts
Jan 18, 2017 Christine LaGrassa
Jan 18, 2017 Casey O'Conner
Jan 18, 2017 Karen Atkinson
Jan 18, 2017 Sharmini Sewpersad
Jan 17, 2017 Vanessa Marshall
Jan 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 17, 2017 Sue King
Jan 16, 2017 Lisa Sala
Jan 16, 2017 linda shingles
Jan 16, 2017 ginger bailey
Jan 16, 2017 Renee Snyder
Jan 16, 2017 Marie Perry
Jan 16, 2017 Amina Dhumaad
Jan 16, 2017 Jill Kreiner-Smith
Jan 16, 2017 Brooke-Nefertari Brandon This is disgusting, I'm appalled at this practice. Please support us in getting this stopped and sign this petition.
Jan 15, 2017 anna gennari
Jan 15, 2017 Yvette Melendez
Jan 14, 2017 Denise Getzinger
Jan 14, 2017 Alberto Subtil We live on XXI century and not XI
Jan 14, 2017 Sanand Dilip
Jan 13, 2017 Pamela Young
Jan 13, 2017 Yuka Kikuchi
Jan 13, 2017 helga w. sledge STOP KILLING DOGS AND CATS IN YOUR COUNYRY, MAKE LAWS Against torture of animals! You like tourists in your country!!
Jan 13, 2017 diana cosella
Jan 13, 2017 Erika Bastos Becker
Jan 13, 2017 Deirdre Muir
Jan 13, 2017 donna fultz
Jan 13, 2017 Erika Czelenk
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Jan 13, 2017 Nigel Long
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Jan 11, 2017 Mary Prelovsky
Jan 11, 2017 jude lotz
Jan 11, 2017 Kathie Eckerson
Jan 11, 2017 Lee Hetzel
Jan 11, 2017 Kristen Witt
Jan 11, 2017 Sharon brink
Jan 11, 2017 Laurel Jeter
Jan 11, 2017 Lis Anna-Langston
Jan 11, 2017 Mickey LaCroce

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