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.
DMFI’s petition signed by over a quarter of a million people from around the world calling for an end to the brutal dog and cat meat trade has been presented to Olly Dondokambey, Governor of North Sulawesi. The hand in comes as new shocking video evidence from the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition reveals the killing continues unabated in Tomohon, despite the Mayor’s office having given an assurance it would end.
After Central Java’s Regency of Karanganyar announced it would eradicate the dog meat trade, Provincial authorities have backed the move. Meanwhile, the Bali increases its efforts to close all dog meat restaurants island-wide, declaring it illegal!
Following the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition’s shocking exposé of the brutal trade in dogs for human consumption on Indonesia’s most populous island earlier this year, the regency of Karanganyar is set to become the island’s first to develop a comprehensive action plan to tackle the dangerous and brutal trade, as announced at a meeting between government officials and campaigners earlier this week.