Indonesia: Dog slaughterhouse owner sentenced to 12 months in prison

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Dog slaughterhouse owner sentenced to 12 months in prison

FOUR PAWS once again urges Indonesian President to ban dog meat trade

Sukoharjo / Zurich, June 17, 2022 – The owner of a dog slaughterhouse in Central Java, Indonesia, was recently sentenced to 12 months in prison and fined 150 million rupees (CHF 10,000). He is accused of buying thousands of dogs for human food every year and brutally killing them. More than 50 frightened dogs were rescued by local authorities during a police property raid last year. Since then, the animals have been cared for by members of the Dog Meat Indonesia (DMFI) alliance. This is the third conviction for a dog meat trader since the Indonesian government announced in 2018 that dogs should not be considered food.

The owner of the slaughterhouse in the city of Sukoharjo, Central Java was found guilty of violating the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Law 18/2009, Chapter 89. The animals traded for their meat were mostly stray dogs. and stolen pets in West Java, in order to satisfy high demand in central Java’s dog meat hotspots. The town of Solo, the birthplace of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, where more than 10,000 dogs are killed each month for human food, is a hotspot.

Karen O’Malley, Program Officer for Ending the Dog Meat Trade at global animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS, said: “While we are seeing an increase in the number of convicts in Indonesia, This has helped curb the dog meat trade in the country, but it is estimated that one million dogs are still killed each year. FOUR PAWS again demands an immediate national ban on this despicable trade.”

Lola Webber, director of the dog meat eradication campaign at Humane Society International (HSI), was on hand in the police campaign and helped save more than 50 dogs last year. “The sight of the scared and injured dogs, curled up in the back of the truck, will remain etched in my memory for the rest of my life,” she recalls. They are dehydrated, weak and disoriented. But in the meantime, we were able to heal them and give them the attention and care they deserve.”

background information

The DMFI campaign is organized by local organizations ‘Jakarta Animal Aid Network’ and ‘Animals Friends Jogja’ as well as international groups ‘Humane Society International’, FOUR PAWS and ‘Animals Asia’.

National opinion polls show that only a small minority of the Indonesian population (4.5%) consume dog meat and 93% of Indonesians would support a ban on the livestock trade. Despite this, more than a million dogs are still stolen, slaughtered and sold for food each year in Indonesia, which, in addition to causing animal welfare problems, compromises the fight against rabies and rabies. thus becoming a significant threat to public health. Rabies is endemic in most of Indonesia, with only a few provinces being “rabies-free zones”. Since dogs are often stolen from rabies-affected areas and smuggled into rabies-free areas, the dog meat trade actively undermines the fight against this deadly disease.

  • Dog theft for the meat trade is a serious problem in Indonesia. “Dog Meat Free Indonesia” interviewed many locals, who described their terrible ordeal when armed traffickers stole their pets overnight. Despite the obvious violations of the law, these thefts are rarely taken seriously by law enforcement, so thieves often go unpunished.
  • The dog meat trade is banned in 17 cities and counties across Indonesia, namely: Karanganyar, Sukoharjo, Salatiga, Malang, Semarang, Magelang, Blitar, Mojokerto, Medan as well as Semarang, Blora, Brebes, Purbalingga, Jepara districts , Mojokerto , Temanggung and Magelang.
  • Across Asia, opposition to the dog and cat meat trade is growing, and an increasing number of countries and territories (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Thailand) ban the trade, slaughter, and trade. and dog consumption. In September 2021, then-South Korean President Moon Jae-in hinted that it was time to implement a ban on dog meat. A working group convened by the government then looked into the matter. Suk-yeol said he would not oppose a ban on eating dog meat, as long as there is social consensus.
  • The rescue of the dogs in Sukoharjo was carried out in compliance with the sanitary measures taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus. A veterinarian was present during the surgery. At the DMFI shelter, the dogs were vaccinated for rabies, DHPP, coronavirus, distemper, and parvovirus. The dogs have also been quarantined for at least 30 days and will be re-sanitized before being shipped overseas.
QUATRE PATTES est l’organisation mondiale de protection des animaux sous influence humaine directe, qui révèle leurs souffrances, sauve les animaux en détresse et les protège. Fondée en 1988 à Vienne par Heli Dungler et des amis, l'organisation plaide pour un monde où les humaines traitent les animaux avec respect, compassion et compréhension. Les campagnes et projets durables se concentrent sur les chiens et chats errants ainsi que sur les animaux de compagnie, les animaux de rente et les animaux sauvages – tels que les ours, les grands félins et les orangs-outans – vivant dans de mauvaises conditions de détention ainsi que dans les zones de catastrophe et de conflit. Avec des bureaux en Afrique du Sud, Allemagne, Australie, Autriche, Belgique, Bulgarie, Kosovo, Pays-Bas, Royaume-Uni, Suisse, Thaïlande, Ukraine, USA et Vietnam ainsi que des refuges pour animaux en détresse dans onze pays, QUATRE PATTES fournit une aide rapide et des solutions durables. La Fondation est en outre un partenaire d'Arosa Terre des Ours, le premier refuge en Suisse qui offre aux ours sauvés de mauvaises conditions de détention un environnement adapté à l’espèce.


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