Government says Indonesia will ban dog meat trade

By on August 4, 2018 with 11 Comments

We received exciting news this weekend regarding our fight against the global trade in dog meat. At a meeting on veterinary public health held by Indonesia’s Ministry of Agriculture, officials confirmed their intention to support a ban on the trade in dog meat and to deny veterinary certification for dog meat.

Representatives of the Dog Meat Free Indonesia Coalition, of which Humane Society International is a member, were present to share the results of the coalition’s nationwide investigation of the trade. But the crucial influence was the clear communication by leading veterinary public officials, including Dr. Syamsul Ma’arif, Dr. Hastho Yuliadi, Dr. Yadi Cahyadi, and Dr. Wiwiek Bagj, that the dog meat trade is a serious public health threat, a significant animal welfare issue, and a substantial problem for Indonesia’s growing tourism industry.

Participants at the meeting included representatives of livestock and animal health agencies, animal quarantine specialists, veterinarians, Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association, and several non-governmental organizations from all provinces in Indonesia.

Ending the cruelty and public health threat associated with the dog meat trade is one of our number one priorities. We’re advancing our campaign via strong grassroots partnerships in half a dozen countries, public policy strategies in the United States and abroad, investigations of the trade, dog meat farm closures in South Korea, adoption of animals rescued from the trade, and a worldwide public outreach initiative. The campaign is a model for international cooperation between organizations and public agencies, and our steady success is a source of the greatest encouragement to me and my colleagues at the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. Your support and passion for this issue is what makes it possible for us to give it our best, and we’re counting on you to stay engaged with our efforts to cripple the trade and bring a swift end to all of its associated cruelties.

Animal Rescue and Care, Humane Society International

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  1. Rosario Pawlak says:

    Save all dogs !

  2. Adrienne says:

    This is truly wonderful news!

  3. Yvonne Dewberry says:

    This is great news and wish them luck in this endeavor.

  4. Yvonne Dewberry says:

    This is great news. Hope they can do it and that the people will go along with the ban. it’s the only way to stop this cruelty and also educate the people that dogs are pets and not food.

  5. Sugar Bouche says:

    Thank you very much, Indonesia, Dr. Syamsul Ma’arif, Dr. Hastho Yuliadi, Dr. Yadi Cahyadi, and Dr. Wiwiek Bagj, Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International. I hope the rest of the countries will follow and will STOP the torture and suffering of man’s best friend. You are making people from all over the world very happy.

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  7. Brenda Baker says:

    Thank you Indonesia and all those involved in bringing this about. You have shown yourselves to be a guiding light for ending this cruelty. Please continue to champion the cause for animal welfare. Thank you once again

  8. Gloria Bacina says:

    Such wonderful news!! Yes, hopefully this is a trend that will continue. The compassion must extend to cats as well. They shouldn’t be tortured to death either. Hopefully the kindness for animals will spread to other animals and to other countries.

  9. LINDA LOWSON ESQ. says:

    Thanks be to God for this miraculous, long-awaited development. May it presage swift comparable legislation in all countries throughout Southeast Asia and around the world. It is a lighthouse signaling to this dog meat trade battleship to turn itself around, and represents a clear shift in public opinion in a place where this horrific trade is rampant. Heartfelt gratitude to HSUS, HSI, and all the other NGOs who are fighting this much-needed fight and leading the crusade.

  10. MARLENE RANTZ says:

    Great News! I hope other countries will do the same thing!

  11. Jennifer Asarali says:

    Great news , very happy , hope other countries will follow. Thanks to everyone involved. Let’s make this world a better place .

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