Sources in Bali have reported that the Governor is set to issue a decree to stop the Bali dog meat trade.
The reported decree is set to be issued in order to ‘protect the image of Bali tourism’.
The Governor would like to see data on the current dog meat sales and implement an education program to show ‘dog meat is not a food for consumption, especially for foreign tourists’.
A spokesperson for Animals Australia said: “This decision is historic. And it’s a reflection of the progress that’s possible for animals when people from all walks of life come together with open hearts, open minds and a determination to create change.
“Our Bali dog meat investigation launched an unstoppable chain reaction of compassion. It sparked hundreds of media stories, thousands of personal messages to Bali’s authorities, and inspired over 170,000 people from 159 countries to sign our public petition to save Bali’s dogs.
“And on the ground in Bali, Animals International’s Veterinary Director has worked tirelessly with officials across the breadth of Bali’s Government and tourism industry, culminating in a landmark Summit recommending to the Governor that the trade end.”
Dr. Nata Kesuma, the head of Bali’s Livestock and Animal Health Services, added: “I am sure we will be able to stop the dog meat trade if all relevant stakeholders are willing to cooperate and have the same vision, although it may take some time.
“It is important to end the trade in Bali, especially to protect our culture and tourism industry, as well as to apply the national animal welfare law.”
However, Janice Girardi, the founder of Bali’s Animal Welfare Association, warned against getting too excited about the decree.
“[It’s] a good first step but there’s a long way to go. The consumption of dog meat must be stopped. This is not actually a ban on dog meat.
“What is allowed and what is not allowed needs to be defined by Government with Parliament or technical sectoral input.”