Why Dogs Deserve Better – Ending Indonesia’s Cruel Dog Meat Trade

Why Dogs Deserve Better – Ending Indonesia’s Cruel Dog Meat Trade

Added on Wednesday, 29 August 2018
A short documentary by Earth Views Productions, narrated by Hollywood actor and screenwriter Peter Coyote, documenting Man’s very special relationship with dogs, and the ultimate betrayal of this special bond… The dog meat trade. This documentary looks at the scale of the problem but also why there is hope in sight for an end to Indonesia’s cruel dog meat trade.

Dogs of all breeds are today our companion animals, family members, and more, to people and cultures all over the world. Dogs also serve far different roles for us humans. Thousands are members of the military, accompanying and saving the lives of soldiers in the field. Others serve a variety of governments in drug interdiction programs .... and when natural disasters strike, dogs are there to use their incredible senses of smell and hearing to find and save survivors. Thousands are faithful companions as service dogs to people with impaired vision. And in hospitals, dogs serve to comfort children with debilitating diseases, in a proven program of easing patient stress levels in the process. But there's another side of the relationship between humans and dogs that few know about ... and it's an ugly, violent, and shameful situation

Peter Coyote, Actor, Director & Narrator.
Special thanks to: Stan Minasian (Producer & Editor), Peter Coyote (Actor & narrator), Dr. Khalad Abou El Fadl, and Earth Views Productions.

Beautiful Indonesia – land of clear tropical water, stunning islands, magnificent temples, and a major tourist destination. Yet, behind Indonesia's beauty – in the hidden alleys, and crowded market places – lies a brutality of unimaginable dimension.


Our investigations have revealed that each month tens of thousands of dogs are being slaughtered to supply Indonesia's dog meat trade. Markets and slaughterhouses are like scenes from a horror movie. This is the reality of the dogs in Indonesia's dog meat trade. They sit and they wait for their turn, in tiny cages or in hessian sacks, their mouths bound shut so they can hardly breathe. And they sit and they watch while other dogs are bludgeoned and blow torched, waiting their turn. The look in their eyes and their trembling bodies will forever haunt me

Lola Webber, Change For Animals Foundation Co-Founder & DMFI coordinator



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It’s an absolute obligation to treat dogs with kindness. It’s an absolute blessing and grace from Allah to get to know dogs and their wonderous, majestic and divine personalities. And it’s an absolute sin to mistreat or torment dogs

Dr. Khalad Abou El Fadl, Professor of Islamic Law and Shari’ah, University of California, School of Law.



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We know that only a small minority of the Indonesian population ever consumes dog meat or profits from the trade. In fact, from our investigations, we estimate that less that 7% of the nation ever consumes dog meat! And because there are no dog meat farms in Indonesia, the dogs of tomorrow’s trade are already safe in people’s homes or living lives freely, roaming the streets and living amongst communities. So, if we ended the trade tomorrow, there would be no dogs to rescue or rehome… wouldn’t that be amazing?

Lola Webber, Change For Animals Foundation Co-Founder & DMFI coordinator


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The Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition is committed to ending the dog and cat meat trades nationwide, to end this senseless and barbaric situation.

Find out more about Hero’s and Bobby’s rescues here and here.

In their honour – and for all of those for who change has come too late, we will never give up


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’.