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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.