Pushing Forward with Indonesia’s Pledge to End Cruel Dog and Cat Meat Trades

Pushing Forward with Indonesia’s Pledge to End Cruel Dog and Cat Meat Trades

Added on Saturday, 08 September 2018
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.

“Seeing the reactions of horror and disbelief of the government participants to the footage from our nationwide investigations makes me truly believe we are taking strides towards our goal of ending the dog and cat meat trades nationwide.  The commitment of the participants to bring these horrors to an end was tangible!” – Lola Webber, DMFI coordinator

This is the next step following the pledge made last month by the government to take measures to end the cruel dog and cat meat trades, and brought together government veterinarians as well as animal health and legal experts from throughout Indonesia.


On Thursday 4th October, an official government letter was issued to provincial governments calling for action to be taken to tackle the country’s dog and cat meat trade, following the pledge made on the 2nd August. The Dog Meat Free Indonesia coalition applauds the government for their actions to end these cruel and dangerous trades, and with this official letter, we are one step closer towards an end to the dog, cat and exotic meat trades!

Whilst this is a great step forward, we still have a long way to go to ensure this results in real and impactful change for animals in such desperate need for change, and the coalition will never stop fighting until the last dog and cat slaughterhouse, restaurant and market is closed.

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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’.