Sick and Pregnant: Rescued Canines Shine Spotlight on Fighting Indonesia’s Dog Meat Trade

A dog was already dead when authorities raided the truck.

“You would wonder when was the last time these dogs ate. I have never seen such emaciated dogs. I honestly can’t believe she was the only one (to die) because the condition of that truck was so horrible,” she said.

Dog meat is eaten in certain parts of the country where people believe it has medicinal properties – something that has never been scientifically proven.

In some places like Central Java, where the majority of the population are Muslims who considered dog meat to be “haram” or forbidden, eating dog meat is considered a tradition.

Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition has estimated that at least 1 million dogs are killed each year for consumption in Indonesia.

However, there have been growing calls for these practices to end. A survey conducted by the coalition, published in August 2021, suggested that 93% of Indonesians supported the ban on the dog meat trade.

FThe ear of health effects, concerns about animal welfare or cruelty and dogs being “haram” were among the reasons cited.

A MAJOR PROBLEM

Mariana Ferdinandez, a Jakarta Animal Aid Network veterinarian who was also involved in the Sukoharjo raid, suspected that the same truck made several stops, dropping off dogs at various slaughterhouses and restaurants on its way to Central Java Regency.

“Based on our investigation, a truck like this can easily transport between 200 and 250 dogs,” she told CNA.

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