Musicians and beauty queen campaign to stop dog meat consumption

Musicians and beauty queen campaign to stop dog meat consumption

Added on 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.

Alya painted a beautiful DMFI mural for the campaign in Jogja, a city key to our campaign given that 6,500 dogs are slaughtered and consumed here alone each month, despite global and national condemnation and the government’s pledge for action to tackle these horrors that are cruel, dangerous and tarnish the country’s international reputation, following the release of DMFI’s nationwide investigations throughout 2018.

Following the unveiling of the mural, a press conference was held with Shaggydog and Alya where a copy of the over 1 million signatures gathered last year was handed in to Jogja’s vice mayor, and he latest “I didn’t know” video was premiered to shocked government participants and the media, featuring Shaggydog.

This powerful campaign video was released following the success of DMFI’s campaign video used at the DMFI launch back in November 2018, featuring international celebrities – including Ricky Gervais – and Indonesian superstars, Sophia Latjuba, Chelsea Islan and Gamaliel!

The vice Major of Jogja received the petition and we are committed to working together to ensure promises are followed up with meaningful and impactful change for the millions of dogs and cats who suffer unimaginably each year to supply the demand for dog and cat meat.



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’.