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.
10th December, Surabaya: Our friends from animal protection groups in Surabaya (East Java) took to the streets to make their voices heard in joining our calls for a “Dog Meat Free Indonesia”!
“Lola” and “Ina” were captured by dog meat traders in Sukabumi (West Java, Indonesia) whilst we – the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition – were conducting our nationwide investigations. There was a chance to save them… and that is one we always take…
Every year, an estimated 1 million dogs are brutally captured and transported throughout Indonesia, crammed into sacks and cages, their mouths bound shut so tightly they can hardly breathe. They are taken on long, grueling journeys to markets and slaughterhouses.
Did you know that up to one million dogs are killed in Indonesia’s dog meat trade each year? Thursday 2nd November marked the official launch of the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia (DMFI) campaign, calling for an end to the dog meat trade nationwide.
Shocking nationwide investigations by animal campaigners from the newly-launched “Dog Meat-Free Indonesia” coalition, expose the horrifying brutality and suffering endured by up to a million dogs every year for Indonesia's dog meat trade.
The Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition hosted a workshop in Jakarta with over 40 government officials from provinces throughout the central island of Java.
The Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition will soon be launching a new collaborative nationwide anti-dog meat campaign in Indonesia, calling for a dog meat-free Indonesia!
National and international animal protection charities - Animal Friends Jogja, Change for Animals Foundation, Humane Society International and Jakarta Animal Aid Network – have joined forces and voices in calls for an end to Indonesia’s cruel and dangerous dog meat trade.
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.