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Animal lovers rally outside Indonesia’s parliament in Jakarta calling for a national dog and cat meat trade ban

Thursday, 01 February 2024

Indonesia’s animal-loving public rallied outside the House of Representatives in the capital Jakarta today to deliver a letter calling on the government to introduce a nationwide ban on the cruel dog and cat meat trades that see more than a million companion animals stolen, trafficked and brutally killed each year. They endure grueling journeys to supply demand hotspots, many dying on the way from heatstroke, dehydration, disease or injuries inflicted during capture and transport. Those who survive are taken to makeshift slaughterhouses and markets where they are bludgeoned and killed in full view of other dogs and cats. 

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Celebrities including Billie Eilish, Charlize Theron, Clint Eastwood, Kim Basinger alongside Indonesian mega-stars call for end to cruel dog and cat meat trade in Indonesia

Wednesday, 29 November 2023

More than 30 stars from the world of acting, fashion and music―including Billie Eilish, Charlize Theron, Clint Eastwood, Kim Basinger, Courteney Cox, Ricky Gervais, Andie McDowell, Jeff Bridges and Zooey Deschanel―have called on President Joko Widodo to end Indonesia’s brutal dog and cat meat trades following the rescue of desperate animals from one of the country’s most notorious markets, Tomohon Extreme Market.

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Campaigners―joined by Kim Basinger, Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan― celebrate as Jakarta, Indonesia, bans city’s dog meat trade that kills 340 dogs a day

Tuesday, 14 March 2023

Jakarta has become the 21st jurisdiction in Indonesia to ban the dog and cat meat trades. The move comes in response to an intensive campaign by DMFI, exposing the severe animal cruelty and risks to human health from zoonotic diseases such as rabies.

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International veterinary experts and leaders join forces to host first-ever province-wide veterinary training to support efforts to control Foot & Mouth Disease outbreak and end the dog meat trade

Monday, 13 June 2022

0ver 80 veterinarians, as well as over 300 online participants from throughout Central Java participated in the first-ever province-wide veterinary training co-hosted by the Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition and the Department of Animal Health and Husbandry of Central Java Province to help support efforts and end the dog meat trade.

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Dog slaughterhouse owner in Indonesia sentenced to 12 months in jail and a fine of over $10,000 for trading in stolen dogs for human consumption

Wednesday, 08 June 2022

A dog slaughterhouse owner in Sukoharjo, Indonesia who bought and killed thousands of dogs every year for human consumption has been sentenced to 12 months in jail and a fine of 150 million Rupiah ($10,000 USD). More than 50 terrified dogs were rescued during a police interception at his property last year, and were cared for by campaigners from the Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition.

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Dog trafficker in Indonesia sentenced to record 17-month jail term for trading in stolen dogs for human consumption

Wednesday, 06 April 2022

A dog trafficker in Indonesia involved in the supply and slaughter of dogs for human consumption has been found guilty of breaking the law and sentenced to a record 17 months in jail. Despite a national government declaration that dogs are not considered food in Indonesia, this is only the country’s second conviction of a dog trafficker. Campaigners from the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition hope it signals a new determination by the authorities to crack down on the cruel and dangerous trade.

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More Regencies in Central Java go Dog Meat-Free, as DMFI hosts Awards ceremony attended by Governor Ganjar to celebrate his province’s progress!

Thursday, 17 March 2022

The Awards of Appreciation Ceremony, presented by Ibu Nina Tamam and co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Health & Husbandry Department of the Central Java Province, and Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition, is a celebration of the immense progress that has been made in many cities and regencies throughout the province of Central Java in taking progressive and strong measures to tackle the dog meat trade throughout their jurisdictions.

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Authorities urged to shut down the terror of North Sulawesi’s extreme wet markets where dogs and cats are brutally killed for meat alongside bats and snakes despite disease risk

Monday, 14 March 2022

Sulawesi’s dog meat trade brings shame on Indonesia’s global reputation, says Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition

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International Documentary about North Sulawesi’s Extreme Live Animal Markets Wins Best Documentary Short at Cannes World Film Festival

Thursday, 30 December 2021

In March 2019, British actor Peter Egan and filmmaker Andrew Telling of Orange Planet Pictures, travelled from London to North Sulawesi to accompany DMFI representatives to shine an international spotlight on the dangers and inherent cruelty of the province’s infamous live animal markets. The documentary exposes the cruelty and broken promises made by the authorities.

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Police in Indonesia intercept a notorious dog meat trader, saving 53 terrified dogs awaiting slaughter

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

A man suspected of being a dog meat trader on the Indonesian island of Java has been arrested, and a delivery truck packed with 53 dogs intercepted, as part of the country’s first ever large-scale police raid on an illegal dog meat slaughterhouse.

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Indonesian court cracks down on dog meat trade for first time ever as trader is sentenced to 10 months in prison and $10,000 fine

Monday, 18 October 2021

A dog meat trader in Indonesia has been found guilty of breaking the law and sentenced to a 10 month jail term and $USD10,000 fine (150 million IDR) in the country’s first ever dog meat prosecution.

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Dog meat traders to be prosecuted for the first time in Indonesian history after truck with 78 dogs intercepted by police

Monday, 23 August 2021

Indonesia’s first ever prosecution of dog meat traders under animal health laws is set to go ahead, officials have confirmed, in what the country’s animal campaigners hope will be a major turning point in the demise of the brutal trade. Kulon Progo District Police intercepted the gang in May this year when they were illegally transporting 78 dogs bound and gagged in the back of a truck.

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DMFI applauds the country’s first ever dog meat trader interception!

Thursday, 13 May 2021

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.

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The Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) Coalition Applauds the Mayor Yuliyanto of Salatiga City for Publishing official Regulations Strictly Prohibiting the Dog Meat Trade

Tuesday, 04 May 2021

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.

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Dog Meat-Free Indonesia campaigners warn of deadly rabies transmission without enforced ban on brutal dog meat trade

Monday, 28 September 2020

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.

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In Bobby’s Honour

We found Bobby sitting in a wire cage in a busy dog meat market in North Sulawesi whilst we were conducting investigations in December 2017. He was surrounded by scenes from a horror movie, and the terror in his eyes was haunting. We knew we couldn’t leave him.

It breaks our heart that he left this world too soon, but he left having known love and with a name. And in his name, we will never give up until the dog and cat meat trades end throughout Indonesia.

Hero’s Story

The Dog Meat Free-Indonesia coalition spent many long and heartbreaking months investigating the inner-workings of the dog meat trade throughout Indonesia. As people who do what we do because we care so passionately about animals, doing investigations never gets any easier. It is soul-destroying and heart-breaking, but essential in documenting the reality of the trade so that we are best-positioned to fight it, and to ultimately realise our goal of ending the dog meat trade.

But we always save those we can…

On one particular day, we had the chance to save a dog who we named 'Hero'.

Change is coming in Indonesia and throughout Asia… Never before has the dog meat trade or the consumption of dog meat been questioned the way it is now. People are turning their backs on a trade and a practice that can no longer hide behind a defense of ‘culture’ or ‘tradition’.