Dog Meat Free Indonesia
~ 2013 ~
~ 2020 ~
Nationwide investigations by DMFI Coalition (Change For Animals Foundation, Animal Friends Jogja, Jakarta Animal Aid Network, and Humane Society International) have revealed the crude and brutal methods of capture, transport and slaughter. Many are stolen family pets and illegally trafficked dogs collected from the streets and rural communities.
Crammed into cages and sacks so tightly that they can’t move, their mouths bound shut so they can hardly breathe. Transported on long journeys on bikes or in overcrowded trucks, and end to be killed. Many die from suffocation, dehydration or heatstroke before they face the death.
When AFJ started the Dogs Are Not Food (DANF) campaign in 2013, the movement against dog meat as food was a small spark from Yogyakarta. Thanks to the support of SHAGGYDOG, a ska band from Yogyakarta, this movement finally opened the eyes of the public that every week hundreds of dogs were brutally killed in Yogyakarta.
Some of our efforts have been carried out such as conducting investigations, educating the public, filing requests for hearings to the DIY Government, and starting a petition to the Governor of Yogyakarta to ban the dog meat trade.
In 2014 AFJ then formed a coalition with Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) to stop the meat trade not only in Yogyakarta but throughout Indonesia. The DANF Coalition continues to educate, petition and take action on the Jakarta-Jogja bicycle tour to bring a message to Urge the Prohibition of Dog Meat in Indonesia.
This long road isn't over yet. In 2017 the DANF Coalition found the Change For Animal Foundation (CFAF) and the Humane Society International (HSI) as traveling companions and brought this movement to the international level. Also joining then are Four Paws and Animal Asia into the coalition.
DANF later became Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI), a stronger coalition with one common goal; STOP THE DOG MEAT TRADE IN INDONESIA!!!
The practice of consuming dog meat cannot continue because of the cruelty that must be experienced by dogs and the threat of rabies transmission that lurks humans.
The dog meat trade involves large-scale, illegal movement of dogs of unknown disease and vaccination status between regencies (and islands), and disrupts herd immunity to rabies achieved through mass vaccination programs. For these reasons, 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 – a deadly disease that has a devastating impact on human and animal health. So, whilst only a minority of Indonesians consumes dog meat – in fact it is estimated that just 7% of the population nationwide ever consumes dog meat – the trade threatens the health and safety of the whole country.
The brutal 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 that have been directly linked to involvement in the slaughtering, butchery, handling and even consumption of meat from infected dogs.
DMFI Coalition are committed to working throughout Indonesia to tackle the dog meat trade, by working as a united force to maximise reach and impact. By supporting our local partners, our shared mission is to deliver holistic solutions to the people and government of Indonesia to secure an end in the trade in dogs for human consumption by ensuring public and political support for a ban.
Together, we will reach our ultimate goal – and dream – of ensuring lasting change from within, so that the dog meat trade can be banished.