Opening the Dog Meat Trade Map in Java (Section 1)

Police officers again raided a dog slaughterhouse. This time it was the Blitar Police that moved quickly after receiving reports from residents about the confinement and slaughter of dogs around their settlements.

During a mid-week operation in Selorejo, Blitar, the police found two rooms used to hold dozens of dogs. Six dogs were found dead and burned in the refrigerator. Animals Hope Shelter activist Christian Joshua Pale describes the times from the slaughterhouse raid to the transfer of the dog to a friendlier shelter on his Instagram account.

Operations to raid places where dogs are kept and slaughtered, until the arrest of the alleged perpetrators are not new. Last year VOA traced similar operations in Kulonprogo, Solo, Salatiga and Jakarta.

Two men who are known to have brought 78 dogs from Garut, West Java, to Solo, Central Java, for consumption, were arrested by the police. When arrested, 10 dogs were found dead. Kulonprogo Police Public Relations Officer, Iptu I Nengah Jeffry, said the dogs were taken in a pickup truck. Some were put in sacks, others were hung on iron bars that were purposely made for it.

The captured dog is waiting to be slaughtered, tied up in a burlap sack.  (Photo: Courtesy/Dog Meat Free Coaltion)

The captured dog is waiting to be slaughtered, tied up in a burlap sack. (Photo: Courtesy/Dog Meat Free Coaltion)

Court’s First Case of Dog Meat Trafficking

The Wates District Court on October 18, 2021 sentenced the suspects to 10 months in prison and a fine of Rp. 150 million. They are accused of violating Article 89 paragraph (2) in conjunction with Article 46 paragraph (5), Article 59 (3) and Article 60 paragraph (1) of Law No.18/2009 concerning Livestock and Animal Health. The case of smuggling dogs for consumption is the first case to come to court.

Following up on the decision, the VOA team explored further the dog trade activities in Indonesia, particularly in Jakarta and Central Java, which have a higher percentage of trafficking than other regions in Indonesia.

In Jakarta, Doni Herdaru at Animal Defenders Indonesia (ADI), found that there are still dog meat traders who sell openly at Pasar Jaya Senen. Doni uploaded his findings to ADI’s Instagram account in mid-September 2021. According to information obtained by Doni, the four merchant stalls found claimed to have been selling there for a dozen years.

“Traders at Pasar Jaya Senen have been selling for 15 years. testimonies from several people who often shop there. If you say they (traders.red) are hiding, no. They are openly selling in Los Babi (selling in the pork area), ” he said.

Doni felt that the officers, in this case PD Pasar Jaya as the manager of Pasar Senen, could not possibly not have known about the dog meat trading activities in this Jakarta-owned company. He openly posted a video recording pretending to look for dog meat at PD Pasar Jaya in Senen.

PD Pasar Jaya Bans Dog Meat Trading Activities

Met by VOA at the office shortly after the Animal Defenders Indonesia video appeared at the end of last year, the Head of Public Relations of PD Pasar Jaya Gatra Vaganza denied the allegation that there were no routine checks by his officers in the field. According to him, every trader, especially in the meat area, is monitored every day. He emphasized that his party had banned the buying and selling of dog meat in all markets managed by Pasar Jaya.

“Actually the examination and monitoring continue to be carried out by our team. However, yesterday’s incident (the finding of a dog meat seller at Pasar Jaya Senen.red) is a lesson for us so that something similar doesn’t happen again,” said Gatra.

VOA returned to Pasar Senen Jakarta on Sunday (27/3) and no longer found dog meat sellers in this traditional market.

Dr.  Merry Wein from the Jakarta Animal Aid Network checks the health of rescued dogs.(Courtesy Human Society International)

Dr. Merry Wein from the Jakarta Animal Aid Network checks the health of rescued dogs.(Courtesy Human Society International)

JAAN : 340 Dogs Killed in Jakarta Every Day for Consumption

To find out more about selling dog meat in Indonesia, VOA met with the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN). Dr. Merry Wein said that approximately 340 dogs were killed for daily consumption in Jakarta alone.

By this estimate, at least 9,500 dogs are killed every month. Meanwhile in Solo, Central Java, the number is even higher, said Merry, with around 13,400 dogs being killed every month. He also said, during the COVID-19 pandemic season, some dog meat eaters believe that the meat can boost the immune system to avoid the COVID-19 virus. It could be that the number of dogs killed for consumption is even greater, he added.

Merry further said that there are still groups of people who think that eating dog meat is a hereditary culture. In fact, the culture can be eliminated because it involves cruel and illegal practices. Not to mention considering the huge potential for the spread of zoonotic diseases, namely rabies, a disease for which there is no cure and fatal consequences if infected in humans.

Dog meat menu in one of the food stalls in ogyakarta (Photo: VOA/Nurhadi)

Dog meat menu in one of the food stalls in ogyakarta (Photo: VOA/Nurhadi)

“We do not have the authority to prohibit people from eating this and that. But what we prohibit is the prohibition of the trade. Because this is very threatening. What is the threat? Because the movement of animals, especially dogs that are consumed, come from areas that are not yet free of rabies to areas that are not free from rabies. already free of rabies,” said Merry.

Dogs Are Often Tortured

The practice of buying and selling dog meat goes through a process that does not pay attention to animal welfare. Doni Herdaru at Animal Defenders Indonesia (ADI) said dog meat traders and connoisseurs believe the pain that animals experience when they are about to be killed increases the taste of their meat.

“They (dog meat traders) hit the bridge of the nose so that the dog fainted, many times. You can imagine the pain if the nose is hit. Then when they are unconscious, the dog is burned with a special torch so that the fur runs out. ) burned alive. Then executed by splitting and removing the contents of the stomach. So they (the dogs.red) do not go through the slaughter, “said Doni.

Tents and the identity of a food stall in Solo serve culinary delights from dog meat, Friday (6/12).  (Photo: VOA / Yudha Satriawan)

Tents and the identity of a food stall in Solo serve culinary delights from dog meat, Friday (6/12). (Photo: VOA / Yudha Satriawan)

The same thing was conveyed by Drh. Merry at Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN). He showed me some photos when he and his team investigated the delivery of dogs to Solo, Central Java.

It can be described, the dogs were taken in a pick-up truck, tied to the nose with a strong wire, then put into sacks or rusty iron cages filled with dozens of dogs. Several dogs died of dehydration due to the long journey from Garut to Solo. Others are disabled because of the strong bonds that grip their bodies.

Violence against these animals, especially against dogs, has prompted several regions in Central Java to start implementing policies that prohibit the circulation of dog meat. Which area?

Check out the VOA team’s walkthrough in the second part of this report. [iy/em]