In August, the DMFI was back in North Sulawesi to continue our investigations into the province’s infamous live animal markets where tens of thousands of dogs and cats are traded and slaughtered each week. On one particular day, we were able to save two very special cats, who we later named ‘Tulip’ and ‘Daisy’, as the city had just finished celebrating their annual Flower Festival. Despite the trauma they had endured as they sat in the market surrounded by the most gruesome of scenes, Tulip and Daisy are now recovering well at AFMI’s sanctuary and have become good friends.
On the 1st & 2nd August, the Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition attended the “National Coordination of Animal Welfare” meeting held by the Directorate of Veterinary Public Health (sub-directorate of Animal Welfare of the Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia). A major breakthrough came when, at the close of the meeting, all national participants agreed to issue a ban on the trade of dog and cat meat in Indonesia and to prohibit the issuance of health certification for dog and cat meat for human consumption.
The Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition warns that millions of global tourists could be at risk of exposure to the deadly rabies virus spread by the county’s illegal dog and cat meat trade. There is also increasing concern among Indonesian citizens at the lack of action by law enforcement officials to deter or punish gangs of thieves who terrorise neighbourhoods and steal dogs and cats from back yards and houses.
On the 19th June, Dog Meat Free Indonesia delivered a copy of the letter signed by over 90 Indonesian and global celebrities to the Indonesian Embassy in London, alongside Actor Peter Egan, the comedian Bill Bailey and his rescue dogs from Indonesia, and the very special Blue Staffy, to continue to raise vital awareness of – and opposition towards – the dog and cat meat trade.
More than 90 global and Indonesian celebrities – including Cameron Diaz, Simon Cowell, Ricky Gervais, Leona Lewis, Sophia Latjuba, Courteney Cox and Ellen DeGeneres – have signed onto the Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition’s letter to the President of Indonesia, joining us in our calls for urgent action to be taken to end the cruel dog and cat meat trade.
Bobby was rescued from a market during our investigations in North Sulawesi. It had been a long day and the market was getting ready to close for the day. As we were about to leave, we saw a dog sitting in a cage surrounded by blood in the slaughtering area of the market.
The 24th and 25th February marked the Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition’s days of action against the cruel dog and cat meat trades.
Representatives from the Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition met with government representatives of the City of Tomohon – home to the notorious “Extreme Market” – to discuss the need for urgent action to be taken to end the slaughter of tens of thousands of dogs and cats each week.
Governor Olly Dondokambey has been urged by campaigners from the Dog Meat Free-Indonesia Coalition to take more seriously national and international concerns about animal suffering and threats to human health from “traditional markets” in North Sulawesi such as “Tomohon Extreme Market” where thousands of dogs and cats are brutally killed for human consumption.
An article by Mary Lou Randour, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Animal Cruelty Programs and Training, Animal Welfare Institute
In response to the release of our investigations that exposed the abhorrent cruelty of North Sulawesi’s live animal markets, the Governor of the province – Olly Dondokambey – has responded with a statement.
The Indonesian government is being urged to shut down the country’s brutally cruel live animal markets, where thousands of dogs and cats a week are bludgeoned in public, blow-torched whilst still alive, and butchered for eating. Local authorities and tour operators are also being called on to stop promoting the markets as “must see” activities for tourists.
In December 2017, the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition conducted investigations into North Sulawesi’s brutal live animal markets.
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.