Every day, scores of gentle dogs — including pets — are captured off the streets of Bali to supply a booming dog meat trade. The ‘lucky’ ones are shot. Others are poisoned, strangled, or clubbed to death. And unwitting Australian tourists are eating them…
A shocking Animals Australia investigation has documented Bali’s elusive dog meat trade — fuelled in part by international tourists.
Dumped in bamboo crates or plastic rice sacks, terrified dogs await the nightly slaughter with legs tied and mouths taped shut. They may languish like this for hours or days without food or water. One by one they will be brutally slaughtered in full view of their companions.
And business is booming. Year on year, seven times more dogs are slaughtered in Bali than in China’s notorious Yulin Dog Eating Festival.
This mobile dog meat vendor didn’t hesitate to lie to Aussie tourists to make some quick sales. Truth is, if you choose to eat meat, you may unknowingly be served dog in Bali.
Just a few blocks away from the bustling tourist strips, our investigators uncovered a dark side to this 'Island Paradise' — dogs being poisoned, beaten and strangled for their meat.
This violent trade in dog meat is allowed by Bali's government despite horrific animal cruelty and the serious health risks posed to local people and unsuspecting tourists.
Animals Australia has taken our evidence to the highest levels of government in Bali and every possible influencer in between — from community leaders to religious leaders to health professionals and businesses. All agree that Bali’s dog meat trade is breaching both animal cruelty and food safety laws.
The vast majority of people in Bali want dog killing banned and we have a team in Bali right now, determined to help make that happen. We’ve offered our assistance to the Bali government to close the dog meat trade and to partner with them to protect all animals on the island from extreme cruelty.
International pressure is urgently needed to support our efforts to bring about positive change for all animals in need in Bali.
Together, we will urge the Governor of Bali to immediately ban the dog meat trade and pass laws to outlaw extreme cruelty to all animals. (Read the petition)Your full name Your e-mail address Next Next
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The shocking abuse of Bali’s dogs begs a big question. How could anyone peer into the eyes of a puppy — torn from her mother and ‘bagged’ for slaughter — and not see a frightened individual staring back?
To a Westerner, it seems unfathomable that some people might see no ethical problem with consuming ‘man's best friend’. To many Indonesians who have grown to love dogs as pets — the practice is just as unthinkable. But for the Christian ethnic minority in Bali, whose ancestors have eaten dogs for generations, the power of cultural conditioning is profound.
It's nearly impossible to comprehend until you realise that wherever we live in the world, we are all victims of the very same cultural conditioning...
Before condemning those who kill and eat dogs, it is important to realise that we too have been raised into a society that has normalised the slaughter of highly intelligent animals — often in horrific ways.
Like those who see dogs only as 'meat', many of us have been raised to see pigs, lambs, cows and chickens as food, rather than as the unique and curious individuals that they are. Given the opportunity they too will 'befriend' humans and show love and loyalty.
Scientists now know that cows have best friends; sheep can learn to respond to their own name; chickens have cognitive abilities beyond that of young children; and pigs show empathy and can play video games designed for chimps...
The truth about Bali's dog slaughter has made global news headlines. And with international tourism being so important to the Island, each of us has the power to help these dogs.
Already there is a groundswell of support within Bali to begin to repair the bond between locals and their loyal companions and this has opened a door to another critical restoration project — healing the relationship between humans and all animals. Because when we shine a light on animal abuse, wherever it occurs, we open eyes, open hearts and expand minds, inspiring new ways of thinking and empowering a global movement of compassion.
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