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

Dog trafficker in Indonesia sentenced to record 17-month jail term for trading in stolen dogs for human consumption

General News

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.

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More Regencies in Central Java go Dog Meat-Free, as DMFI hosts Awards ceremony attended by Governor Ganjar to celebrate his province’s progress!

General News

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.

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