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.
On the 19th June, Dog Meat Free Indonesia delivered a copy of the letter signed by over 90 Indonesian and global celebrities to the Indonesian Embassy in London, alongside Actor Peter Egan, the comedian Bill Bailey and his rescue dogs from Indonesia, and the very special Blue Staffy, to continue to raise vital awareness of – and opposition towards – the dog and cat meat trade.
More than 90 global and Indonesian celebrities – including Cameron Diaz, Simon Cowell, Ricky Gervais, Leona Lewis, Sophia Latjuba, Courteney Cox and Ellen DeGeneres – have signed onto the Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition’s letter to the President of Indonesia, joining us in our calls for urgent action to be taken to end the cruel dog and cat meat trade.
Bobby was rescued from a market during our investigations in North Sulawesi. It had been a long day and the market was getting ready to close for the day. As we were about to leave, we saw a dog sitting in a cage surrounded by blood in the slaughtering area of the market.