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PETITION TARGET: Office Chief of the Ca Mau People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Thanh

UPDATE (4/24/2023): We sent our petition, signed by more than 41,000 people, to Vietnamese authorities. Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to obtain any additional information about this tragic case. We’ll keep doing all we can to advocate for animals. —Lady Freethinker Staff


In a sickening act of cruelty, more than a dozen dogs —  including nine helpless puppies — were thrown into bags, drowned, and set on fire due to a country’s cruel protocol related to COVID-19, according to one of the dog’s owners.

The regional COVID-19 prevention force in south Vietnam also killed their cat.

The owners, Pham Minh Hung and Nguyen Duy Khanh, had tested positive for COVID-19 at a government quarantine center after traveling with three other family members from Ho Chi Minh City. They were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

But their animals remained at the center, where one also tested positive —  prompting authorities to destroy all of them as a “necessary preventive measure,” according to officials.

There is scant evidence that pets can transmit the coronavirus the humans, and the risk is considered “low,” according to  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More humane alternatives to killing family companion animals must be found.

Sign this petition urging Nguyen Duc Thanh, Office Chief of the Ca Mau Province’s People’s Committee, to fully investigate this horrifying incident and find alternatives to the cruel, unnecessary practice of automatically killing pets to prevent the spread of COVID-19.