Dog meat consumption is on the rise in Indonesia
Although many Indonesians tend to regard dog meat as unclean, it isn't outright forbidden by Islamic tradition in the same way pork is
JAKARTA — Animal rights groups say the consumption of dog meat is on the rise in Indonesia and it's high time something was done to protect man's best friend.
As a majority Muslim nation, dogs aren't as popular as pets in Indonesia as they are in other parts of the world.
But although many Indonesians tend to regard dog meat as unclean, it isn't outright forbidden by Islamic tradition in the same way pork is, the New York Times reported.
According to reports, the number of dog thefts in Indonesia has increased recently.
We guess that's because dog meat is relatively cheap and many Indonesians believe eating it can cure skin diseases and boost stamina. Of course, there's no medical evidence for that.
Animal rights activists in the country say dog thefts are not treated seriously by the police even though the crime is specifically outlawed by a 2009 law on animal welfare.
On the island of Bali alone, where there's a Hindu-majority population, it's estimated that 70,000 dogs are slaughtered each year.
Many animal loving organizations are now backing a campaign entitled "DOGS ARE NOT FOOD." And we'd like to lend them our support. Man's best friend should be by his side, not on his dinner table.
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