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.
From 2019, microchipping with be compulsory for all pet dogs throughout the capital city of Jakarta. All pet-owners and breeders will be obliged under new regulations to microchip dogs in their care, giving dogs an official and logged identity, encouraging responsible pet ownership, facilitating prosecution against anyone who mistreats their dogs, and discouraging dog thefts who operate to supply the cruel dog meat trade.
Statement signed by 83 charities says Asia’s brutal dog meat trade encourages the spread of rabies, a disease that kills 70,000 people a year in Asia alone, mostly children.