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Indonesian dog meat trade under fire as evidence of animal cruelty revealed

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The governor of Central Java Province in Indonesia has been forced to order the closure of dog meat farms after shocking videos of brutality go viral.

By Nick Whittle, 11 Dec 2019

Ganjar Pranowo has been urged to close 82 dog meat businesses in the city of Solo after evidence was circulated of the cruelty and barbarism of workers involved.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Earlier this month campaigners with Dog Meat Free Indonesia filmed dogs with their muzzles tied being stuffed into sacks and thrown onto trucks. All were destined to be slaughtered.

Furthermore, investigators with the activist group found dogs to be slaughtered in unsanitary units and in front of other dogs. The conditions in which the dogs were kept before they were killed was unhygienic and unfit for purpose.

A vow to end the trade

With mounting pressure to act to stop the barbaric trade, Governor Pronowo has promised to bring about changes to the way in which the dog meat industry is regulated.

However, there is still no guarantee that the trade in dog meat will cease, despite indications that the public's taste for the meat is in decline.

Writes the Mail Online, Pronowo said, “We must encourage the Solo City government to make strict rules, the DPRD to make regulations that prohibit people from eating or selling dog meat.”

He called for the closure of 82 dog meat vendors in Solo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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For DMFI, Kelly O’Meara, told the Mail of the Governor’s reaction, “Our latest DMFI investigation has been a wakeup call for Central Java’s lawmakers because it shows how a trade fueled by crime and supported by only a tiny percentage of the people is putting the entire population at risk.

We are optimistic that the governor of Central Java will take strong and urgent actions to ensure prohibition rules are passed to end the trade, slaughter and consumption of dogs.

It is a cruel and dangerous trade that must stop, and the DMFI stands ready to help provide practical and on-the-ground support to secure the dual aims of eliminating both the dog and cat meat trades and rabies.”