PETITION TARGET: Vietnamese Ambassador to the U.S. Ha Kim Ngoc
In Vietnam, millions of dogs and cats are abused, tortured, and killed annually in the horrific meat trade. Live animals are shoved into cramped cages and forced to endure a hellish journey to the slaughterhouse in scorching heat without any food or water.
Over 1,000 restaurants and markets sell dog meat in Hanoi alone.
Once they arrive, the already-wounded dogs are often held down with clamps and force-fed through a tube to “fatten” them up. This brutal practice is done to maximize profits.
The dogs and cats suffer from infectious diseases as they wait to die. Parasites, toxins, illnesses, and rabies can be passed on to the consumer, posing an alarming public health risk.
Public officials in Vietnam are increasingly opposing the dog and cat meat trade. Recently, Ho Chi Minh City’s Food Safety Management Board discouraged people from eating dog meat. A similar caution was also issued by authorities in Hanoi.
But it’s not enough. Despite the efforts of politicians and activists to end the cruel trade in Vietnam, there’s no law against it. As long as it remains legal to slaughter dogs and cats for their meat, the ruthless practice will continue.
Sign this petition urging Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc to urgently push for a countrywide ban on the dog and cat meat trade and put an end to this cruel and dangerous practice.