General News

Mars’ Story

Monday, 11 March 2019

In March 2019, we returned to North Sulawesi’s cruel dog and cat meat markets with our wonderful Ambassador Peter Egan. The visits were heartbreaking, as always, and never get any easier. And not being able to save all the dogs and cats who are in the most horrific of places and who have already endured so much cruelty as they await a brutal slaughter, is a haunting experience that stays with you for the rest of your life. But we saved those we could, and on one of the days, we were able to save 4 dogs, including a beautiful puppy we named “Mars”.

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British actor and DMFI Ambassador Peter Egan visits “sickening horrors” of North Sulawesi’s brutal dog and cat meat markets, calls on Indonesian government to take action

Monday, 04 March 2019

British actor and animal activist Peter Egan has made an emotional plea to the Indonesian government to shut down the country’s cruel and dangerous dog and cat meat trades, following his visit to infamous live animal markets in North Sulawesi with campaigners from the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition.

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Musicians and beauty queen campaign to stop dog meat consumption

Thursday, 31 January 2019

As part of our ongoing campaign, the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition held an event in Yogyakarta (“Jogja”) with our wonderful new ambassador for our nationwide campaign, Alya Nurshabrina – “Miss Indonesia 2018” – and the wonderful Indonesian music band “Shaggydog”who have been great ambassadors for our campaign since our launch in November 2018.

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The DMFI journey from launching in 2017 until the one million petition hand-in in November 2018.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Since launching the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition on the 2nd November 2017, with your ongoing support, we have achieved so much for Indonesia’s dogs and cats caught up in the unimaginably cruel and brutal meat trades.

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The Story of Cinta

Monday, 24 December 2018

Cinta was brutally captured by dog meat traders in Sukabumi whilst our team was there conducting investigations. Cinta was destined to be sold to a dog slaughterhouse in Jakarta. But we just couldn’t leave her and had the opportunity to save her. “Cinta” means love in Bahasa and that is exactly what she represents to all of us… Here is her story…

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Ending Indonesia’s Dog and Cat Meat Trades: The Journey So Far

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Since launching the Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition in November 2017, with your ongoing support, we have achieved so much for Indonesia’s dogs and cats caught up in the unimaginably cruel and brutal meat trades. After years of agonising investigations and the compilation of reports and data, we knew we had all the evidence and information we needed to end these horrors for good!

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On Indonesia’s “National Day of Heroes”, Hundreds Take to the Streets in Cities Throughout the Country to Join us in Our United Calls for A Dog And Cat Meat Free Indonesia!

Saturday, 10 November 2018

On the 10th November, which marks “National Hero Day” (“Hari Pahlawan”) in Indonesia, hundreds of Dog Meat Free Indonesia supporters took to the streets in the major cities of Surabaya, Jogja, Solo, Malang and Semarang to be heroes for the victims of the country’s dog and cat meat trades, and to celebrate our 1 million plus signatures on our petition calling on the government for a nationwide ban on the dog and cat meat trades!

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Celebrities Sophia Latjuba, Yeslin Wang, Nadia Mulya and Lawrence Enzela join Dog Meat-Free Indonesia campaigners to deliver 1 million petition signatures calling for an end to the brutal dog & cat meat trades

Monday, 05 November 2018

Indonesian super stars and the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition gathered today in Jakarta to officially submit a petition to the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health calling for an end to the country’s brutal dog and cat meat trades. Over one million signatures were collected from around the world, to represent the more than 1 million dogs and hundreds of thousands of cats who are brutally killed each year in Indonesia for human consumption.

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Rescuing those we can: Cempaka and Malati’s story

Thursday, 18 October 2018

We always save those animals we can whilst we continue to fight for legislative change to protect all dogs and cats from the brutal meat trades. On this particular day, we were able to save Cempaka and Malati.

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Promoting the Protection of Jakarta’s Dogs

Saturday, 06 October 2018

From 2019, microchipping with be compulsory for all pet dogs throughout the capital city of Jakarta. All pet-owners and breeders will be obliged under new regulations to microchip dogs in their care, giving dogs an official and logged identity, encouraging responsible pet ownership, facilitating prosecution against anyone who mistreats their dogs, and discouraging dog thefts who operate to supply the cruel dog meat trade.

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North Sulawesi Governor accused of hypocrisy as Manado set to host World Rabies Day events whilst brutal dog meat trade allowed to thrive.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Statement signed by 83 charities says Asia’s brutal dog meat trade encourages the spread of rabies, a disease that kills 70,000 people a year in Asia alone, mostly children.

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Pushing Forward with Indonesia’s Pledge to End Cruel Dog and Cat Meat Trades

Saturday, 08 September 2018

On the 8th September, the Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition co-hosted a meeting with the Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association to address steps that must be taken to fulfil the pledge made by the Government on the 2nd August to ban the dog and cat meat trades in Indonesia.

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Horrific animal abuse video reveals Tomohon markets defying Indonesia’s pledge to end dog and cat meat trade

Wednesday, 05 September 2018

Shocking new footage of dogs and cats being bludgeoned over the head and blow-torched whilst still alive at an ‘extreme’ market in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province, has prompted campaigners from the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition to urge the Indonesian government to keep its promise to ban the islands’ brutal dog and cat meat trade.

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In Bobby’s Honour, We Will Never Give Up the Fight to End Indonesia’s Dog Meat Trade

Thursday, 30 August 2018

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.

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Why Dogs Deserve Better – Ending Indonesia’s Cruel Dog Meat Trade

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

A short documentary by Earth Views Productions, narrated by Hollywood actor and screenwriter Peter Coyote, documenting Man’s very special relationship with dogs, and the ultimate betrayal of this special bond… The dog meat trade. This documentary looks at the scale of the problem but also why there is hope in sight for an end to Indonesia’s cruel dog meat trade.

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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’.