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.
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.
A dog trafficker in Indonesia involved in the supply and slaughter of dogs for human consumption has been found guilty of breaking the law and sentenced to a record 17 months in jail. Despite a national government declaration that dogs are not considered food in Indonesia, this is only the country’s second conviction of a dog trafficker. Campaigners from the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition hope it signals a new determination by the authorities to crack down on the cruel and dangerous trade.
The Awards of Appreciation Ceremony, presented by Ibu Nina Tamam and co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Health & Husbandry Department of the Central Java Province, and Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition, is a celebration of the immense progress that has been made in many cities and regencies throughout the province of Central Java in taking progressive and strong measures to tackle the dog meat trade throughout their jurisdictions.
Sulawesi’s dog meat trade brings shame on Indonesia’s global reputation, says Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition