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.
The Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition has issued the open letter below to the President of Indonesia calling for urgent and proactive measures to make sure Indonesia is not the next point of origin of a deadly virus. We urge the President to prioritise the health and well-being of the overwhelming majority of the Indonesian population, rather than the preferences and profitability of a few, at the expense of animal welfare and national and global interests.
As part of our ongoing collaboration with the City of Yogyakarta (“Jogja”) government, local government-sponsored billboards have now been put up in two prominent locations in the city, with a clear message: Dogs are friends, not food!
Following on from of the release of the Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition’s investigations into Central Java’s rampant dog meat trade, where an estimated 13,700 dogs are traded and slaughtered in the city of Solo alone each month, Governor Ganjar Pranowo met with coalition representatives on Tuesday to discuss the trade’s threat to public health and safety as well as concerns for the inherent animal cruelty.