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 6th May, the Police in Kulon Progo Regency intercepted a dog meat trader illegally transporting 78 dogs destined to be distributed for slaughter throughout Central Java. Despite the scale and illegality of the trade, this is the first interception of traders in Indonesia. The dogs had all been stolen from the streets, many still wearing collars, and transported from West Java, on a gruelling journey lasting over 10 hours and illegally crossing provinces, with no record of the animals’ disease or vaccination status.
The Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition – on behalf of it’s millions of supporters globally – congratulates Mayor Yuliyanto for taking the progressive steps of passing explicit regulations prohibiting the cruel and dangerous dog meat trade throughout his jurisdiction. Mayor Yuliyanto now represents the third leader in Central Java to take action against this cruel and dangerous trade, prioritizing public health and animal welfare over the financial gains of a small minority of traders.
DMFI campaigners warn that the cruel trade in dogs for human consumption exacerbates the transmission of deadly rabies and other zoonotic diseases. Despite global calls to tackle dangerous animal trades in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the dog meat trade continues “business as usual” throughout Indonesia, with tens of thousands of dogs traded and slaughtered every month in dog meat-eating “hotspots” nationwide.