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More than 90 celebrities, including Pierce Brosnan, Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Dame Judi Dench, Cameron Diaz, Ricky Gervais, Tyrese Gibson, Chelsea Handler, Ricky Martin, Shay Mitchell, Joaquin Phoenix, Naomi Watts, and Rainn Wilson are supporting the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition after its investigation exposed horrific treatment of dogs and cats being bludgeoned and blow-torched to death in Indonesia’s gruesome dog and cat meat trade. 

Some of the biggest names in acting, music and sports from around the world have come together to sign a letter urging President Joko Widodo of Indonesia to end the brutal slaughter of millions of dogs and cats for the meat trade. More than 90 celebrities are supporting the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition and they need YOUR help, too.

TAKE ACTION ! SIGN THE PETITION HERE: www.dogmeatfreeindonesia.org/take-action/take-action

Beyond the cruelty and brutality, the trade poses a serious threat to the health and safety of Indonesian citizens, due to the spread of rabies and the violence that has sprung up around gangs that forcibly take the dogs from their owners to sell them into the trade.

In writing to Indonesia’s President Widodo, the celebrities point to the damage the trade is doing to Indonesia’s international reputation as a popular tourist destination, and urge him to take action to join the growing number of countries across Asia that have banned the trade in and consumption of dog and cat meat.

The letter to President Widodo reads: “We were horrified by the findings of nationwide investigations by the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition, documenting the horrific reality of the trade: more than one million dogs and cats are transported throughout Indonesia to supply markets, slaughterhouses and restaurants. These animals, many of them stolen pets, are subjected to crude and brutal methods of capture, transport and slaughter, and the immense suffering and fear they must endure is heartbreaking and absolutely shocking.

The footage from markets in North Sulawesi is deplorable, and clearly documents the routine use of brutal handling and killing, including repeatedly bludgeoning animals over the head, killing animals in front of their terrified cage-mates, and blowtorching dogs whilst they are still alive. We are sure you will agree that the level of brutality towards these dogs and cats is shocking and demands your urgent attention.”

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The footage that moved celebrities to join the campaign was filmed by the DMFI coalition during nationwide investigations, including earlier this year at two of North Sulawesi’s estimated 200 traditional animal markets. It documents the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption where, in full view of their terrified cage-mates, dogs and cats are seen yanked by the neck with a noose-stick, and repeatedly bludgeoned over the head. Some dogs are then filmed being blow-torched whilst clearly still alive, a process done to remove the hair before butchering.

Humane Society International President Kitty Block says: “The brutality of Indonesia’s dog and cat meat trade is utterly deplorable and it needs to stop, now. We are so grateful to these global and Indonesian superstars who have come together to support Dog Meat-Free Indonesia’s efforts to end this cruel and dangerous industry, and we respectfully urge President Widodo to work with us on a solution that protects not only Indonesia’s dogs and cats but also the health of its people.” 

Lola Webber, Director of Change For Animals Foundation explains: “This year, 2018, marks the Year of the Dog, and we stand united in our call on the central and provincial governments of Indonesia to take action against the dog meat trade to show the world that animal cruelty will not be tolerated, and to safeguard both animal and human health and safety.”

With rabies endemic in 26 of the nation’s 34 provinces, not only is the dog meat trade unimaginably cruel, the dog meat trade poses a very real and grave health risk to all sectors of society. The trade sees millions of dogs caught and killed every year, but it only takes one infected dog to cause an outbreak, with devastating consequences for both animals and people. The World Health Organization has explicitly highlighted the trade in dogs for human consumption as a contributing factor to the spread of rabies in Indonesia.

Actor Goran Visnjic, one of the celebrity signatories, reflected on his beloved canine companions when supporting the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia campaign. He said: “Dogs are our companions, they are our family – we share our lives with them. These are thinking, feeling beings with a will to live. They deserve better than waiting to be slaughtered and eaten. We are asking President Widodo to do the right thing for these animals and make Indonesia dog meat-free.”

Karin Franken, Director of Jakarta Animal Aid Network says: “Most people in Indonesia don’t eat dog and cat meat; in fact, many Indonesians are highly critical of the trade because of the growing concerns for animal welfare, high incidence of dog theft and the fear created by the gangs who steal dogs from the streets and people’s homes.”

Bobby Fernando of Animal Friends Jogja says: “People are shocked by the brutality routinely used by those involved in the dog and cat meat trade.  We need the world to join us in calling for an end to Indonesia’s dog and cat meat trade.”

TAKE ACTION ! SIGN THE PETITION HERE: www.dogmeatfreeindonesia.org/take-action/take-action


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  1. Avatar Of John Moffat

    John moffat


    If you would like to write to the head of tourism for Indonesia you can. I am sure you will know what to say.please share this address thank you.

    JAKARTA PUSAT,10110.

  2. Avatar Of Cece Caper Cece caper says:

    End the dog meat NOW…!!!!!!! I have it when people be mean to the animals in the iworl… who is with me!END THE DOG MEAT NOW! EVE N THOGHT I AM ONLY 11 I STILL HATE IT END THE DOG MEAT NOW I HATE IT

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