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.
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.
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.
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.