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

Campaigners rejoice as Indonesian Government pledges to ban dog and cat meat trade

General News

On the 1st & 2nd August, the Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition attended the “National Coordination of Animal Welfare” meeting held by the Directorate of Veterinary Public Health (sub-directorate of Animal Welfare of the Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia). A major breakthrough came when, at the close of the meeting, all national participants agreed to issue a ban on the trade of dog and cat meat in Indonesia and to prohibit the issuance of health certification for dog and cat meat for human consumption.

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Armed thieves, rabies-infected dog meat highlight dangers of Indonesia’s dog and cat meat trade as campaigners fear tourists could be at risk

General News

The Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition warns that millions of global tourists could be at risk of exposure to the deadly rabies virus spread by the county’s illegal dog and cat meat trade. There is also increasing concern among Indonesian citizens at the lack of action by law enforcement officials to deter or punish gangs of thieves who terrorise neighbourhoods and steal dogs and cats from back yards and houses.

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19th June 2018: Raising Awareness in London

General News

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.

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