DOG MEAT RESTAURANTS
Unfortunately, dog is on the menu in Indonesian. As more ethnic groups from other areas of the country move to Bali the demand for dog meat grows as does the curiosity of the Balinese people. They are lured by the promise of increased sexual stamina if you eat this coloured dog or being cured of a common cold by eating that coloured dog – the list goes on. Many of these restaurants are operating illegally and are keeping up with demand by stealing street dogs and beloved pets.
Recently a truck was seen carrying live dogs on its roof. Legs and mouths bound tightly. Unable to move. They could hardly breathe. They were on their way to a local restaurant. Thankfully, a brave woman stopped the truck and demanded the dogs be freed. She had the truck driver so scared he gave up his cargo for a pittance of $35US. The dogs were thrown to the ground, twelve in total. Some died from their horrific injuries and shock caused by the abusive handling. One was pregnant.
This is not a Balinese tradition nor is it a cheap meat alternative for low income families. A serve of dog meat is more expensive than one of chicken.
Since the rabies outbreak several years ago, hundreds of thousands of dogs have been killed via poison darts and poison meatballs. Most of the dogs killed were not infected with rabies, and many had already been vaccinated against the virus. While often it is a quick death, it is painful and sometimes slow, even taking days. Due to a complete lack of education within the community and the spreading of incorrect information by authorities, many dogs have died in vane.
Unfortunately, poisonings are still a common occurrence in Bali, but they shouldn’t be. Education is the key and we are currently contributing as much as we can to this.