Celebrities Join Forces to End Indonesia’s Dog Meat Trade

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More than 30 celebrities have come together to call for an end to the brutal dog and cat meat trades in Indonesia. The influential voices are specifically speaking out against the cruel practices involved in the trades, which sees millions of animals subjected to horrific abuse and suffering each year.

In an emotive joint letter addressed to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, well-known figures from the entertainment and fashion sectors urged the government to take immediate action to end the dog and cat meat trades. Key signatures include those of Courtney Cox, Billie Eilish, Rickey Gervais, Alicia Silverstone, Charlize Theron, and a brace of Indonesia’s most beloved stars, such as Bubah Alfian and Prilly Latuconsia. Together they highlighted the immense suffering inflicted on animals in the trades and appealed to the president’s compassion to end this inhumane practice.

“We stand strong with the overwhelming majority of Indonesian citizens and international visitors who oppose the dog and cat meat trades and believe in protecting animals from cruelty and exploitation,” the letter reads.

This fresh call to action comes as growing public pressure mounts on Indonesia to address the issue of dog and cat meat consumption. In recent years, there have been several high-profile rescues of dogs destined for slaughter, and international organizations have launched campaigns to educate the public about the cruelty of the trade. 

In July this year, Humane Society International (HSI) and Animal Friends Manado Indonesia (AFMI) banded together to bring about the permanent closure of the Tomohon Extreme Market. When in operation, the market was thought to facilitate the sale and slaughter of at least 130,000 dogs every year. Both animal charities rescued surviving dogs found at the market, after its closure by Mayor Caroll Sendek.

A renewed call for action

The Indonesian government has taken some steps to address the dog and cat meat trades, but more needs to be done. 

In 2012, the government issued a regulation banning the sale of dog meat in public markets, but this regulation has been largely ignored. In 2018, the government announced a plan to phase out the trade altogether, but this plan has not yet been implemented.

The joint letter from a slew of celebrities’ is being hailed as a significant step forward and a valuable asset in the fight to ban animal cruelty. It is hoped that their combined platforms, which reach millions of people around the world, will help to raise awareness of the issue. 

With revitalized supporter numbers, corporations and governments are expected to be pressured into finally taking action to end the Indonesian dog and cat meat trades for good.

Amy Buxton
Amy Buxton
Amy is a committed ethical vegan, raising a next generation compassionate human with her husband and their beloved dog, Boo. A freelance writer with a background in PR, she decided to use the COVID lockdown period to refocus her client base and has come to The Vegan Review as a senior writer and editor, before moving into her external content director role. "What we should be doing is working at the job of life itself" is Amy's mantra, courtesy of Tom from The Good Life.