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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


Jul 24, 2016 ROY Isabelle Cesser cette cruauté envers ces pauvres chiens sans défense ! C'est horrible, d'une telle cruauté 😡😭
Jul 24, 2016 Liliana Serrato
Jul 24, 2016 Andrew Sulay
Jul 23, 2016 William T. Wondolowski
Jul 23, 2016 Janine Crescenzo
Jul 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 22, 2016 rebecca dussetschleger
Jul 22, 2016 Thamy Piacenti Ferreira
Jul 22, 2016 Janice Taylor
Jul 22, 2016 Monica Lanzi
Jul 22, 2016 Elisabeth Jimmink
Jul 22, 2016 Deirdre Newsom
Jul 22, 2016 Karlijn Wevers
Jul 22, 2016 kimberley spraggins
Jul 21, 2016 kaleesha Isaacs
Jul 21, 2016 Diana Frunzi
Jul 20, 2016 Jacob Spillman
Jul 20, 2016 Mary DANDREA
Jul 20, 2016 Sofia U
Jul 20, 2016 Richelle Chaney
Jul 20, 2016 Manuela Tholl ..wir werden versuchen....ganz viele Tiere zu ´´retten´´
Jul 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2016 Raeven Hernandez
Jul 19, 2016 Tiffany McBride
Jul 19, 2016 francoise omar je n et pa de mot pour exprimer ma douleur
Jul 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 18, 2016 barb neise
Jul 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2016 Elizabeth Payne
Jul 17, 2016 Stuart Payne
Jul 16, 2016 Suzette Hoyt
Jul 16, 2016 Barbara Alves
Jul 16, 2016 Laura Sherwood
Jul 16, 2016 Nina Nava
Jul 16, 2016 Dawn Handelsman Even if this wasn't illegal, it makes me sick that these people think that this is ok to do. What is wrong with you people. Enough is enough. Dogs are loving wonderful animals & should be loved in return. Stop this horrible inhumane, illegal act.
Jul 15, 2016 Ann le grange
Jul 15, 2016 Debbie Cornell
Jul 15, 2016 Dawn London
Jul 15, 2016 Denise Wiley
Jul 15, 2016 julie wiebe
Jul 15, 2016 TJ Avalos
Jul 15, 2016 Kim Miller
Jul 15, 2016 chris garvey
Jul 15, 2016 Catherine von der Nuell
Jul 15, 2016 Debra Fox
Jul 15, 2016 Walter Schultz
Jul 15, 2016 Kathy Hallmark
Jul 15, 2016 Eleonora Bacchini
Jul 14, 2016 Lisa Partridge
Jul 14, 2016 Silke Jahn

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