Collaborative Efforts to Tackle the Dog Meat Trades in Java, Indonesia

Collaborative Efforts to Tackle the Dog Meat Trades in Java, Indonesia

Added on Tuesday, 24 October 2017
The Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition hosted a workshop in Jakarta with over 40 government officials from provinces throughout the central island of Java.

In collaboration with veterinary and animal welfare authorities, topics discussed included how to best tackle rabies and the dog meat trades that plague much of the island, whilst promoting responsible pet ownership. By discussing and developing holistic and collaborative solutions, we can work together to ensure the fastest and most effective change for the dogs in desperate need.

With commitments pledged to help support initiatives to safeguard animal health and welfare by participants, we are excited about future collaborative actions to help promote better welfare for all of Indonesia’s dogs.


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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’.