Dog on the menu
It is a very sad fact that dog meat is on the menu throughout the world, including Indonesia. It is believed when a dog is beaten to death, cooked and eaten it will bring on aphrodisiac symptoms for men.
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 colored dog, or being cured of a common cold by eating that colored dog – the list goes on.
Many of these RW (Dog Meat) restaurants are operating illegally and are keeping up with demand by stealing healthy, beloved pets – either from their yards or the streets.
Eating dogs is not a Balinese tradition, nor a cheap meat alternative for low income families. A serving of dog meat is more expensive than chicken.