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The Dog Meat Trade: A Cruel and Dangerous Trade

Every year, millions of dogs are brutally transported throughout Indonesia to supply the demand for dog meat. Our nationwide investigations have revealed the crude and brutal methods of capture, transport and slaughter, and the immense suffering caused to millions of dogs each year is unimaginable.  Many are stolen family pets and illegally trafficked dogs collected from the streets and rural communities. They are crammed into cages and sacks so tightly that they can’t move, their mouths bound shut so they can hardly breathe. They are taken on long journeys on bikes or in overcrowded trucks to supply markets, slaughterhouses and restaurants. Many die from suffocation, dehydration or heatstroke before they reach their final destination. For those who survive, they watch others being brutally killed in filthy slaughterhouses whilst they wait their turn.

Their fear is unimaginable….

The Dog Meat Trade and Rabies Transmission

Our nationwide investigations have revealed the immense suffering caused to millions of dogs each year. We have found crude and brutal methods of capture, transport and slaughter, and are also deeply concerned by the health risks to humans and animals associated with the dog meat trade including the transmission of rabies. 

The dog meat trade involves large-scale, illegal movement of dogs of unknown disease and vaccination status between regencies (and islands), and disrupts herd immunity to rabies achieved through mass vaccination programs. For these reasons, the World Health Organization (WHO) has explicitly highlighted the trade in dogs for human consumption as a contributing factor to the spread of rabies in Indonesia – a deadly disease that has a devastating impact on human and animal health. So, whilst only a minority of Indonesians consumes dog meat – in fact it is estimated that just 7% of the population nationwide ever consumes dog meat – the trade threatens the health and safety of the whole country.

The brutal and unhygienic slaughter and butchery of dogs and consumption of meat from rabies-positive animals puts humans at risk. Human deaths from rabies have been reported that have been directly linked to involvement in the slaughtering, butchery, handling and even consumption of meat from infected dogs.  

Take action now

Change For Animals Foundation, Jakarta Animal Aid Network Animal Friends Jogja, and Humane Society International are committed to working throughout Indonesia to tackle the dog meat trade, by working as a united force to maximise reach and impact. By supporting our local partners, our shared mission is to deliver holistic solutions to the people and government of Indonesia to secure an end in the trade in dogs for human consumption by ensuring public and political support for a ban.
Together, we will reach our ultimate goal – and dream – of ensuring lasting change from within, so that the dog meat trade can be banished to the history books of shame and illegality, and never again is a dog’s value measured on the weighing scales.

Why Regulation is not a solution?

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.

We therefore campaign for an end to the production and consumption of dog meat because any argument that suggests that regulation of dog meat production would resolve the systematic cruelty involved, or alleviate all the risks posed to human health, is unsubstantiated.

In order to safeguard animal welfare and to protect human and animal health and safety, the dog meat trade must stop.

Changing Hearts and Minds

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.
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