Indonesia works to ban trade of meat from pets, exotic animals

Indonesia works to ban trade of meat from pets, exotic animals

Lola Webber, Director at Change For Animals Foundation, said the extreme cruelty of Indonesia's dog and cat meat trades is intolerable under both Indonesia and global animal welfare standards.

The consumption is largely driven by the belief that dog meat carries special health benefits, including making men stronger or more sexually proficient.

In response, Downing Street has promised that the Government will "look closely" at new USA legislation introducing a total ban on the import, trade and consumption of dog meat.

On Tuesday, Syamsu Ma'arif, director of veterinary public health at the agriculture ministry, said the government was drafting a regulation to ban the trade of meat derived from pets and exotic animals in a bid to promote animal welfare and prevent the spread of diseases like rabies.

An estimated 30 million dogs a year are slaughtered to be eaten across China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Korea, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Indonesia might be a famous, lovely holiday destination for backpackers and sun worshippers alike, but it also has a reputation as a place where cats and dogs are sold in markets for their meat. The tourism industry was dealt a blowback in 2017 when it was discovered that tourists were given dog meat under the guise of chicken satay.

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                    Dogs at a meat farm on the outskirts of Seoul in 2017
JUNG YEON-JE via Getty Images Dogs at a meat farm on the outskirts of Seoul in 2017

Up to 730,000 dogs a year are said to enter the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to be eaten.

Humane Society International says it has "never come across any evidence to suggest that dog meat is being consumed in the UK". The heart-wrenching treatment of dogs who have become victims - many of whom are stolen pets - has been exposed by multiple investigations and media reports, which have sparked worldwide outrage and calls from high-profile individuals and celebrities to bring it to an end. Thankfully, after much pushback and campaigning on behalf of animal rights groups, the Indonesian Government has just made an announcement that plans to turn that reputation around, and improve and save the lives of thousands of animals in the process! We will continue to follow the news about the ban on the trade in Indonesia, but for now, we will celebrate this victory! "With our growing awareness of animal sentience comes a greater responsibility to protect animals from cruelty".

Animal rights groups applauded Indonesia's decision while calling for an end to trading in meat derived from pets.

And SNP MP Dr Lisa Cameron told BBC Newsbeat she would back new laws, adding: 'I don't imagine that there will be any party in parliament which would stand against that'.

Animal welfare campaigners were today celebrating Indonesia's decision to end the slaughter of thousands of cats and dogs - only 24 hours after the United Kingdom was drawn into the controversy.

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