Are you traveling to Bali soon? You may want to stay away from eating any “chicken” satay.
In a shocking revelation, an investigation by Animals Australia (AA) reveal that a staggering 70,000 dogs are brutally murdered on the Indonesian island. Their meat are then served as dog meat satay to tourists who believed they are consuming chicken satay.
An AA investigator known as “Luke” spent 4 months in Bali posing as a documentary maker in order to uncover the truth about the dog meat trade. According to the organisation, the “lucky” ones are shot. Others are “poisoned, strangled, clubbed, or even hung from trees to die”.
Although dog meat consumption is not illegal in Bali, murdering animals in a cruel manner is. Eating meat that has been contaminated with poison is not only against the law but poses a risk to human health as well.
“Tourists will walk down a street, they’ll see a street store selling satay but what they are not realising is the letters RW on the store mean it is dog meat being served. They’re just sitting down ordering satay have no idea that they’re eating dog,” AA campaign director Lyn White was quoted as saying.
ABC’s 7.30 program confirmed that many specialty restaurants in Bali are serving dog meat satay to unsuspecting tourists. The Bali Animal Welfare Association also discovered that there are as many as 70 restaurants that have RW on their menu. “Dog meat is essentially filtering into the tourist food chain,” added White.
In the disturbing footage below, an investigator got a vendor to admit that he was selling dog meat. The very same man then denies that he’s serving dog meat when questioned by tourists on Seminyak Beach.
“Just 1 dollar… satay chicken… not dog,” the vendor told the beach-goers, showing them a container labelled “sate”. “As long as it’s not dog,” one tourist replied. “Aside from the cruelty, the greatest shock was to discover that tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat,” Luke told the broadcaster.
“This is not about condemning a culture, it is about addressing unnecessary cruelty and seeking to transform a situation of unimaginable suffering into a positive outcome,” said Ms White.
She added, “Dog eating in Bali was fuelled by a minority group who came to the island to work in the hospitality industry – it is not a Balinese practice. For thousands of years Bali’s dogs have lived peacefully in villages with locals – it is our hope that they will be able to do so again.”
You can support AA by signing their petition here.