The Indonesian Government has pledged to ban the sale of dog and cat meat, in an announcement at a ‘National Coordination of Animal Welfare’ meeting.
The announcement was made by the Directorate of Veterinary Public at the meeting that took place in Jakarta earlier this month.
Indonesia is one of many Asian countries that trade dog and cat meat, including China, South Korea, India and Vietnam.
However, the Indonesian Government has now agreed to issue a ban on the trade of such meat, and will also ban the issuance of health certificates for dog and cat meat for human consumption.
Indonesian representatives were concerned about how the dog and cat meat trade affects its international reputation.
The ministry’s director of veterinary public health, Syamsul Ma’arif, stated:
“Foreign countries find a low standard of animal welfare and cruelty unacceptable and will stop visiting Indonesia, which is bad for tourism”.
The Dog Meat-Free Indonesia (DMFI) coalition is being praised for their work that has led to this ban, and the efforts that went into their campaigning.
DMFI is composed of both national and international groups, who campaigned tirelessly to demonstrate the horrors of the dog and cat meat trade.
DMFI is also being credited for spreading public awareness about how the meat trade can spread the deadly rabies virus.
As of yet, there are no details as to when the ban will be imposed.