Posted on December 9, 2013

BAWA has formally partnered with the international Change For Animals Foundation (CFAF) to end Bali’s shocking dog meat (RW) trade – one of the biggest threats to the welfare and survival of the island’s beautiful indigenous dog.

BAWA investigations suggest that every year an estimated 100,000 dogs are slaughtered on the island of Bali for sale in dog meat restaurants.

While poverty in Bali historically has led to consumption of dog meat, increasingly on the island dog meat is regarded as a delicacy with perceived medicinal properties. Consumption is also regarded as a sign of machismo and dog meat is seen an “extreme food” which is often consumed with beer.

While eating dog meat often is defended as “traditional” or “cultural,” in recent years production of dog meat has proliferated for commercial reasons.  Demand has risen for both the meat and the number of establishments selling it, often as satay, in Bali.

The dog meat trade presents enormous issues for animal welfare – from the crude and brutal methods of capture, transport and slaughter to the resultant health risks including transmission of rabies.

The dog meat trade involves large-scale, illegal movement of dogs of unknown disease and vaccination status between regencies (and provinces). It disrupts herd immunity to rabies achieved through mass vaccination programs.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has explicitly highlighted the trade in dogs for human consumption as a contributing factor to the spread of rabies in Indonesia because dogs from various sources are transported between islands.

In addition, the barbaric and unhygienic slaughter and butchery of dogs and consumption of meat from rabies-positive animals puts humans at risk. Human deaths from rabies have been reported after the handling and consumption of meat from infected dogs.

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ACTION: Our Work to End the Illegal Dog Meat Trade in Bali

Together, BAWA and CFAF are committed to working with local communities, religious leaders and authorities to raise awareness of the illegal dog meat trade and the risks it poses to both human and animal health.

BAWA & CFAF will inform people of the enormous amount of suffering the trade inflicts on tens of thousands of dogs every year. Through grassroots education, seminarsand advocacy, the new partnership is working to:

  • Reduce the demand for dog meat
  • Equip local law enforcers with the skills, resources and knowledge to ensure adequate enforcement of existing laws and regulations
  • Educate local communities and authorities of the risks to human health andthe risk to rabies control achievements and programs; and
  • Promote compassion and respect for the highly-significant Bali Heritage Dog.

Together, with your support, we will work to halt this illegal, inherently cruel and dangerous industry.

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