SAVING ANIMALS IN INDONESIA

There is much work to be done in regards to animal welfare in Indonesia, Animals in Bali live a very tough life, with little legal protection, and  animal abuse is rife throughout Bali & Indonesia.

Here are some of the situations we are fighting against:

DUMPINGS

BARC are constantly finding puppies at a burial grounds and rice fields in Ubud, Bali. Often the team are called out for a collection of new born, injured or abused dogs. Some tied to trees with no water, shade or food. They can be left there for days, weeks, even MONTHS on end.

Often we have DAILY dumpings at our facilities – despite numerous signs asking for animals not to be dumped – advising people to come back during the day so we can assist with serialization and vaccination of their dogs. We are trying to teach that dumping is not the solution to the over population problem in Bali.

Female dogs are the most common of the dogs found dumped as they are not considered guard dogs, this then leads to them breeding and leaving more dogs on the streets.

NEGLECT & ABUSE

For many dogs in Bali, their survival is dependent on themselves. They live along side families in local compounds and on the streets, taking their role of protecting their owners and home very seriously. However, dog ownership here is very different to the western world. Dogs are fed but not on a regular basis, and water is not readily available. Some owners are on a friendly enough basis with their dogs to be able to touch them but many are not. When the family dog gets sick, many are left to die without any veterinary assistance, and are even dumped in another area so they are no longer a problem to the owner. Sadly many problems are an easy fix, but the owners just don’t realize. For many Balinese families, the cost of vet care in inaccessible and not a priority.

Western breed dogs are kept in small cages and kept as trophies, sadly never getting a chance to run, stretch and play. Often these dogs are bred from to make money, much the same as puppy milling in the western world. At BARC we educate as many locals as we can and feel it is very important to teach the children how to care for and respect animals, so that future generations can learn the joys of giving and receiving unconditional love and companionship for our beautiful four legged friends.

Sponsor our Dog Squad and help stop animal abuse in Bali.

OVER POPULATION

In a country full of unsterilized dogs, overpopulation is inevitable. Many young females are having puppies on the streets and in family compounds. Many of these puppies end up being abandon in rubbish dumps, in temples, in rivers or on the streets. Left to fend for themselves and suffer unnecessarily.

BARC sterilize over thousands of dogs a year, and in order for us to increase this number please Fund a Sterilization Day.

DOG ON THE MENU 

It is a sad fact that dog 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. We need to eradicate these stupid fallacies through education.

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.

Our DOG SQUAD works to shut down RW (Dog Meat) Restaurants throughout Bali.

POISONINGS

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 vain.

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.

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SKIN CONDITIONS

Many Bali street dogs have chronic skin conditions which are curable. It can take only two treatments to bring them back to happy hairy dogs. Unfortunately even owned dogs don’t get the treatment they deserve. This little guy below didn’t have a hair on him so BARC gave him a shot of Ivomec in his food, depending on his condition, it may only take two treatments and his fur will grow back.

Pay for a skin treatment.

WIDESPREAD DISEASE/VIRUSES

Bali’s hot humid climate is the perfect breeding ground for viruses. Many deadly viruses are running rampant on the streets of Bali, making survival for street dogs even more difficult. Parvovirus and Distemper are our main enemies, both of which are preventable, with a few simple vaccinations. BARC vaccinate all dogs in our care before adopting them to new homes, and also countless street dogs and owned dogs alike. As proven in the western world, these diseases can be vaccinated out of the system and we are currently trying to do so in Bali. When Linda started BARC, vaccinations were hard to come by and unpopular in Bali, but now many years on, thanks to her hard work in educating and vaccinating, there is a noticeable difference on the streets of Bali. More and more locals are learning the importance of vaccinating and the reasons behind it.

Pay for a distemper test.

BALINESE HINDU CEREMONIES – ANIMAL SACRIFICE

Animal sacrifices or using animals in religious ceremonies is obligatory in Bali. Most Balinese ceremonies require one or more animals to be scarified. Killing animals in this way is not considered a cruelty to the locals, but as far as western standards are concerned it is extreme animal cruelty. The lucky animals die quickly but unfortunately many die long painful deaths and suffer greatly.

Dogs who are brown in colour with a black muzzle are called Blang Bungkem and are sacrificed in a belief they are appeasing the demons and negative forces of the universe (they believe by giving the demons an animal sacrifice they will leave the humans alone). What is even more sad is that most younger generations of Balinese we have spoken to are not aware of why they must make these sacrifices, or of what purpose it serves in their religion, they are doing what their grandparents and great grandparents have done for generations.

Slowly people are starting to question their religion and find new, less cruel ways to appease the demons, however there is still a long way to go. You can help by sponsoring our education program.

BARC do not adopt Blang Bungkem dogs to Balinese families under any circumstances.

EXPORT BAN

Much has changed here in Bali because of the rabies scare, our Governor, in his wisdom, blocked all import and export of dogs and cats.

We have many dogs who could be placed in loving homes all over the world. They are vaccinated against rabies, sterilized, have micro chips and a clean bill of health yet still they are not allowed to leave Indonesian shores.

The banning of exportation of dogs and cats from Indonesia does not only affect our cause. It also affects the ex-pat community. When they decide to return home they cannot take their beloved pets.

So where can they leave them to be cared for? How can these pets be helped? We don’t know. There are hardly enough facilities to take care of the sick and abused animals, let alone the abandoned pedigrees.

Help us lobby for a removal of this ridiculous ban.