Hollywood stars are appealing to Indonesia President Joko Widodo to ban the brutal trade of dog and cat meat for human consumption after an expose went viral showing dogs blow-torched alive to remove their fur. In a tough to watch video, produced by the Humane Society International coalition on the island of Sulawesi, actress Cameron Diaz, Ellen Degeneres, Simon Cowell, Ricky Gervais and local singers Anggum and Moby are among the 90 celebrities calling for an end to the brutal torture of dogs that are often stolen family pets.
According to the South China Morning Post, the letter to President Widodo stated if Indonesia joined other Asian nations that have banned the cruel practices, they would be “celebrated globally.” Even though dog meat is only consumed by less than seven percent of the Indonesians, the horrific trade continues. Thousands of dogs are imported from other Indonesia provinces and transported in overcrowded cages and slaughtered in North Sulawesi each week.
Tomohon Extreme Market stopped the public slaughter of dogs after horrific video images appeared on social networks, however dogs are still being delivered – whether dead or alive. Dog Meat-Free Indonesia campaign is being led by Change For Animals Foundation, Animal Friends Jogja, Humane Society International, Jakarta Animal Aid Network and Four Paws.
To take action for Indonesia dogs and cats:
1- Over 660,000 people have now signed our petition calling on the Indonesian President to end the dog and cat meat trade – can you help us get to the 1 million signatures we need? Please sign and share: www.dogmeatfreeindonesia.org/take-action
2- Please write a polite email to the Indonesian embassy in your home country (embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/Indonesia), and to your home country embassy in Indonesia (www.expat.or.id/info/embassy.html), calling on them to take action to end the dog and cat meat trade
3- Find out more about our campaign and what you can do to help: www.dogmeatfreeindonesia.org
(Photo via Dog Meat-Free Indonesia)
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