Millions of Dogs and Cats Slaughtered For Meat Deserve Justice

Target: Lê Minh Hoan, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam

Goal: Enforce a comprehensive ban on the dog and cat meat trade, ensuring the protection of animals from brutal slaughter.

In recent investigative findings, a harrowing scenario unfolded, showing dogs and cats in Vietnam subjected to egregious cruelty for meat consumption. Lady Freethinker, an animal rights group, revealed through a probe that millions of these animals, including stolen pets, endure unimaginable terror and pain in Hanoi’s markets. These findings call for immediate and resolute action, aimed at outlawing such barbaric practices.

The investigation portrayed scenes where dogs and cats, some still in collars indicating they were once loved pets, were crammed into cages, witnessing the slaughter of their kin. The horror didn’t stop there; animals were beaten and processed in ways too disturbing to fully articulate, all while alive and fully conscious. Such practices not only reflect extreme animal cruelty but also pose significant health risks to humans, including the spread of rabies and cholera as highlighted by health experts.

It’s crucial, now more than ever, to advocate for change. With growing public sentiment against the dog and cat meat trade in Vietnam, especially among the youth, and the precedent set by South Korea’s recent ban, there is hope. Demand that the government of Vietnam follow through with its previously announced plans to phase out the consumption of dog and cat meat. Ensure the safety and well-being of both animals and humans alike. End this cruelty and enforce a ban on the dog and cat meat trade.


Dear Minister Lê Minh Hoan,

We are reaching out to address a matter of urgent concern, rooted in the recent investigative findings by Lady Freethinker, which showcased the severe and barbaric treatment of dogs and cats in Vietnam’s wet markets. This investigation has laid bare the alarming extent of cruelty animals face, often resulting in a slow, painful demise for the sake of meat consumption. Your office must take decisive action to end this practice, aligning with global standards of animal welfare and public health safety.

The documented evidence suggests that animals, including those that were once part of a family, are subjected to terror and brutality that no living being should ever endure. The public health risks associated with these practices, as warned by the World Health Organization, alongside the heartbreaking cruelty, necessitate immediate legal intervention. It is not only about animal welfare but also about safeguarding human health and upholding ethical standards.

Thus, we demand the immediate implementation of a comprehensive ban on the dog and cat meat trade within Vietnam. This action would reflect a commitment to progress, compassion, and global health standards, marking a significant step forward for the country in the realms of animal rights and public safety. Let’s make this change not only for the animals who suffer needlessly but for the betterment of society as a whole.


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Photo credit: Scott Kinmartin


  1. goh maria says:

    Shame on Vietnam! Please step in to ban the cruel cat and dog meat trades as soon as possible. I strongly believe that the WHO is influential and powerful enough to do so to protect these beautiful creatures of GOD!

  2. These people are SAVAGES!!! They should be punished for killing these innocent ANIMALS👊🏼

  3. Irene Leggett says:

    I just hope and pray that ALL of these vile, deranged, sadistic dog/cat abusers, torturers and killers all catch rabies or other diseases from the innocent, defenceless dogs and cats that they so horrifically kill in the most brutal ways imaginable. Shame on this country and all of the ASIAN countries that carry out this heinous atrocity.

  4. Alice K Knight says:

    Is meat consumption at such a low people need to eat what we consider to be our pets or better one of the family? The barbaric and heinous way in which these dogs and cats are beaten, skinned and tortured is simply an atrocity. Is this really an acceptable way of supporting one’s family or self? Is this acceptable to Vietnam’s government?
    Not every country looks at animals in the way we do in the West, but have compassion, respect for these loving creatures.

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