The killing and terrible method of elimination of 31 smuggled breed dogs at Gilimanuk this week is unconscionable and should never, ever be repeated.
We believe two of the dogs were fighting pit bulls. It seems the other dogs were not family pets and probably were destined for sad lives as breeding dogs, perhaps in puppy mills.
Pit bull fighting is on the increase in Bali where we know of 7 large arenas for regular tournaments and large fights. Apart from organised matches and tournaments, smaller agility fights are staged across the island daily. On his way home from work this week, a BAWA staff member witnessed pit bulls being trained by youths to fight. The activity was in easy view of locals working and tourists visiting tranquil rice fields. Many children and tourists witness this cruel blood sport in Bali.
The pit bull training process is similar to training cocks to fight. The dogs are taught to be aggressive and are forced at each other over and over again. In organised events they often fight to the death or suffer horrendous injuries. No pit
bull should be allowed into Bali in association with organised dog fighting. There are laws against the brutal blood sport.
Currently, no animal that could carry rabies is allowed into Bali. This includes family pets and it unfortunately fuels smuggling and corruption.
One solution is a system which provides permits of entry to Bali for family pets that are vaccinated, sterilised and rabies-free. This system could help officials identify dogs destined for puppy mills and dog fighting arenas. It would need cooperation from officials at Java and other ports servicing Bali.
Pit bull fighting is largely an underground activity. It’s a cut-through industry in which big money is at stake. Our work to combat organised dog fighting is dangerous. Our investigators put themselves at risk.
Please support our work to stop this barbaric activity in Bali now. You can donate on this page or at www.bawa.bali.com. You can report to us on 0811-389-004 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.