Breaking! Central Indonesia Is One Step Closer To Banning The Horrific Dog & Cat Meat Trade

It’s a remarkable day for animal advocates worldwide as progress is being made in the fight to end the horrific dog and cat meat trade in Indonesia, beginning with Central Indonesian provinces.

“We are excited to announce that the Indonesian Central government issued an official letter to all provincial governments ordering them to take immediate action against the dog and cat meat trade,” Four Paws International shared on its Facebook page this morning. “We applaud the government for demanding immediate action to be taken, but won’t stop campaigning until we see an end to the brutal theft, slaughter, and sale of cats and dogs for meat!”

As reported by WAN in the beginning of August, the Indonesian Central government made the decision during the National Coordination of Animal Welfare meeting in Jakarta. As noted by Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI) at the time, at the end of the conference, all necessary participants agreed to issue a ban on the trade of dog and cat meat and to prohibit the issuance of health certification for dog and cat meat for human consumption.

The coalition, which is comprised of local and international groups including Animal Friends Jogja, Jakarta Animal Aid NetworkChange For Animals Foundation, Humane Society International, and Four Paws, have exposed the suffering of the dog and cat meat trade through shocking nationwide investigations where innocent animals were filmed being bludgeoned to death and blowtorched alive, as well as exposed the routine theft of pet dogs and the rabies risk the trade poses to locals and tourists alike.

In January, the DMFI coalition also coordinated a letter to President Joko Widodo calling for urgent action and signed by over 90 national and international celebrities including Cameron Diaz, Chelsea Islan, Dame Jane Goodall, Sophia Latjuba, Simon Cowell, and Ellen DeGeneres. DMFI’s global petition has also been signed by over 930,000 people from around the world.

Dog Meat Free Indonesia offers ways people can help Indonesia’s dogs and cats  HERE!

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