Every year, millions of dogs are brutally transported throughout Indonesia to supply the demand for dog meat. Many are stolen family pets and illegally trafficked. They are crammed into cages and sacks so tightly that they can barely move - their mouths bound shut. They are taken on long journeys to supply markets, slaughterhouses and restaurants. Once there, they watch others being killed in front of them whilst they wait for their turn.
Not only does this trade represent an overwhelming cause of animal suffering, the demand for dog meat encourages the unregulated large-scale illegal theft and movement of dogs of unknown disease and vaccination status between regencies (and islands); and the World Health Organization (WHO) has explicitly highlighted the dog meat trade as a contributing factor to the spread of rabies in Indonesia – a deadly disease that has a devastating impact on human and animal health. So, whilst only a minority of Indonesians consume dog meat – in fact it is estimated that just 7% of the population nationwide ever consumes dog meat – the trade threatens the health and safety of the whole country.
Throughout the world, dogs are people’s most loyal companions, bringing us joy, cherished as "therapists" in schools and in hospitals and homes for the young and elderly, and serving in our police forces and armies. They deserve to be protected from cruelty, and to be recognised – and respected – as companion animals.
Since launching the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia campaign on the 2nd November 2017, over 826,000 of you have made your voice heard for Indonesia’s dogs! This is amazing and we are so grateful. But we need you to please keep signing and sharing! Public awareness is key to the success of our campaign and we need your help!
Take action now by signing our global petition calling on the Indonesian government to ban the trade in and slaughtering of dogs, and consumption of dog meat throughout Indonesia.
The Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition was founded by Change For Animals Foundation, Jakarta Animal Aid Network, Animal Friends Jogja, Humane Society International and FOUR PAWS.
Please sign and share this petition asking President Joko Widodo to take action to safeguard Indonesia’s dogs from cruelty and the nation’s health by ending the cruel and illegal dog meat trade.