Authorities on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali say they are trying to curb the sale of dog meat after an investigation by an Australian animal protection group.
Animals Australia, after a four-month long investigation, revealed that dogs were strangled, beaten or poisoned for sale as food in Bali’s restaurants and street stalls.
It also said some foreign tourists unwittingly consumed dog meat because they were unaware that the sign ‘RW’ seen at food stalls was an Indonesian euphemism for dog.
Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika earlier this month issued a circular ordering officials to crack down on the dog-meat trade, saying that it is not fit for human consumption.
A spokesman for the governor’s office, Dewa Gede Mahendra Putra, says authorities are collecting data on dog-meat traders and mounting an information campaign against eating dog.
“We’re taking the matter seriously and we’re taking action,” the spokesman said.
However, he says there is still no law banning the sale of dog meat in Indonesia.
Some animal rights activists and restaurant owners say there is a growing appetite for dog meat in Indonesia, though reliable data is scarce.
In Bali alone, between 60,000 and 70,000 dogs are slaughtered and eaten a year, according to the Bali Animal Welfare Association. DPA