Indonesia’s Dog Meat Trade:

Cruel and Dangerous

Take action now by signing our global petition calling on the Indonesian government to ban the trade in and slaughtering of dogs, and consumption of dog meat throughout Indonesia

The Dog Meat Trade Causes:

Immense Animal Suffering

Once stolen or collected from the streets, the dogs are taken on a journey tightly packed into small cages with no food, water or rest. They are often sick and injured. They are all terrified…

Threat to Public Health and Safety

Unregulated movement of dogs spreads rabies. Rabies positive dogs are being moved to supply highly-populated cities that are often dog meat eating hot spots.

Only 7% of the population ever consumes dog meat but the trade threatens the health and safety of the whole country

Who We Are

We work to protect animal welfare and public health and safety

The Dog Meat Free Indonesia campaign is led by Change For Animals Foundation, Animal Friends Jogja, Humane Society International, Jakarta Animal Aid Network and FOUR PAWS.

Through public awareness campaigning and political lobbying, our united goal is to secure public and political opposition towards the dog meat trade throughout Indonesia. With proven experience and expertise in delivering effective public awareness campaigns, and in working in collaboration with local and central governments to pass and support the implementation of laws and regulations to end cruel practices and to strengthen animal protection legal provisions, we are well-positioned to tackle Indonesia’s cruel and dangerous dog meat trade.

The 24th and 25th February marked the Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition’s days of action against the cruel dog and cat meat trades.

Join us in our calls for a dog-meat free Indonesia

Take action now by signing our global petition calling on the Indonesian government to ban the trade in and slaughtering of dogs, and consumption of dog meat throughout Indonesia

The Dog Meat Trade is cruel and dangerous, and it must stop!

Every year, an estimated 1 million dogs are brutally captured and transported throughout Indonesia, crammed into sacks and cages, their mouths bound shut so tightly they can hardly breathe. They are taken on long, grueling journeys to markets and slaughterhouses. For those who survive, they watch other dogs being brutally slaughtered while they wait their turn. The trade is cruel and dangerous, and it must stop!

There are growing concerns for animal welfare throughout Indonesia and there is increasing awareness that the trade is incompatible with efforts to control and eliminate rabies - a deadly disease that has a devastating impact on human and animal health.

People Deserve Better

  • Protection of their pets
  • Reduction in Rabies
  • More hygienic food

Throughout the world, dogs are Mankind’s most loyal companions, bringing us joy, cherished as "therapists" in schools and in hospitals and homes for the young and elderly, and serving in our police forces and armies. As pet ownership rises rapidly in Indonesia – and globally – it is a duty to ensure they are adequately protected from cruelty, and to be recognised – and respected – as companion animals.

Dogs Deserve Better

  • Protection from theft
  • Protection from suffering
  • Protection from a cruel death

News and Events

Dog Meat-Free Indonesia campaigners warn of deadly rabies transmission without enforced ban on brutal dog meat trade

General News

DMFI campaigners warn that the cruel trade in dogs for human consumption exacerbates the transmission of deadly rabies and other zoonotic diseases. Despite global calls to tackle dangerous animal trades in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the dog meat trade continues “business as usual” throughout Indonesia, with tens of thousands of dogs traded and slaughtered every month in dog meat-eating “hotspots” nationwide.

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Indonesia’s dangerous & illegal dog meat trade continues unchallenged amidst Covid-19 pandemic, despite warnings from health experts and campaigners

General News

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic that continues to cause global economic chaos, infections and fatalities, authorities in major cities throughout Indonesia continue to turn a blind eye to the illegal dog meat trades that health experts and campaigners warn facilitate the transmission of fatal zoonotic diseases.

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Dame Judi Dench, Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley unite with Indonesian superstars to urge President Jokowi to respond to COVID-19 by closing down Indonesia’s live animal markets and dog and cat meat trades

General News

Some of Indonesia’s biggest stars, including Chelsea Islan, Andovi Dalopez and Sarah Sechan, feature alongside international celebrities Dame Judi Dench, Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley, Peter Egan, Rick Wakeman, and Lesley Nicol, in a video plea to President Jokowi to close down the country’s notoriously cruel and unsanitary live animal markets and dog and cat meat trades in the wake of Indonesia’s soaring COVID-19 crisis.

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