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.
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.
Indonesian and international celebrities, including Ricky Gervais, Peter Egan and Sophia Latjuba, once again join calls on the Indonesian government to keep its promise to ban the cruel and dangerous dog and cat meat trades following the release of Dog Meat-Free Indonesia’s latest investigation documenting the large-scale trade and abuse of thousands of dogs throughout the central island of Java each month.