Dog Meat Trade in Indonesia

Police in Indonesia intercept a notorious dog meat trader, saving over 50 terrified dogs awaiting slaughter

FOUR PAWS hoped this would be a turning point in the campaign against the dog meat trade


BOSTON / INDONESIA - NOVEMBER 29, 2021 – A delivery truck packed with 53 dogs was intercepted and a man has been arrested as part of the country’s first ever large-scale police raid on an illegal dog meat slaughterhouse. The man is suspected of being a dog meat trader on the Indonesian island of Java.

The suspects is allegedly at the center of the dog meat trade has a history of such activities spanning more than 20 years, while coordinating shipments of hundreds of dogs for slaughter every month and killing on average 30 dogs every day. Campaigners from the Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition, which campaigns for a nationwide ban on the dog and cat meat trade, were at the scene to help rescue any dogs found alive.

Campaigners found the 53 dogs tied up in hessian sacks, their mouths tightly bound with string and cable ties. Most of the dogs were emaciated, and less than one year of age, and one dog had sadly died on the gruelling journey.

Dr. Karanvir Kukreja, Head of Public Campaigns (Companion Animals) Southeast Asia for FOUR PAWS' Ending the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Campaign, hoped it would be a “turning point” in the fight against the dog meat trade in the region.

Dr. Kukreja stated, “The shocking and criminal events that we have witnessed as well as the positive actions taken by the Sukoharjo authorities must be a turning point in fighting against this outlawed, outdated, and cruel trade. The positives we can take out of this awful situation are that law enforcement and campaign groups are ensuring that this illegal trade is coming to an end. For traders there will be no place left to hide to continue their criminal practices in the very near future.”

Mr. Tarjono Sapto Nugroho, Head of Crime Investigation of Sukoharjo Police says: “We receive many complaints about illegal dog meat traders’ operations. People do not want this trade or slaughter in their communities. Dogs are friends, not food.

52 dogs were rescued from the slaughterhouse and received emergency veterinary treatment from the DMFI team before travelling to DMFI’s temporary shelter where they will receive loving care to get them back to health, tragically one dog died during the ten-hour journey.

“These kinds of urgent rescues are why FOUR PAWS Boston-based office is raising money this Giving Tuesday to help us with our global mission of ending the dog and cat meat trade,” explained Danika Oriol-Morway, Executive Director of FOUR PAWS USA. The office has recently announced a generous partnership and matching donation of $50,000 from the community-run crypto project Pawthereum.

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FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organization for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need, and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler and friends, the organization advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy, and understanding. FOUR PAWS’ sustainable campaigns and projects focus on companion animals including stray dogs and cats, farm animals and wild animals – such as bears, big cats, and orangutans – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, the UK, the USA and Vietnam, as well as sanctuaries for rescued animals in eleven countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. 

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