Investigation reveals Aussies being given dog meat in Bali

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

Tourists were seen asking a vendor if he had chicken satay, not dog, to which he replied he did not have dog meat, although the same vendor had earlier been seen to say he had been selling "dog satay" to an Animals Australia investigator.

It's reportedly street food vendors who are most likely to be selling dog meat as chicken, but about 70 restaurants in Bali have been found to sell dog meat too.

Dogs are being killed and fed to tourists as other forms of meat on the island paradise of Bali, according to an investigation by the ABC's 7:30 Report.

"The dog-meat trade breaches animal cruelty laws and food safety laws".

"Dog meat is essentially filtering into the tourist food chain", White said.

A tourist plays with a dog at Seminyak Beach.

"Not only is poisoned meat entering the dog meat trade, a sample of raw dog meat tested showed the meat was contaminated with high levels of coliform bacteria and E.coli, which are commonly associated with faecal contamination and can cause serious food poisoning".

"I focussed on my camera work but it was gut-wrenching to hear these dogs. screaming and wailing in terror and sorrow".

The report interviews a Balinese villager who admits to killing thousands of dogs over three decades, while another man, from Denpasar, rides through back streets on his scooter, shooting dogs with a gun.

"Because you are going to be exposed to a very toxic poison", Dawson said.

"Firstly, cyanide is not going to be destroyed by cooking".

"The actual risk depends upon how much poison is in the dog meat".

But according to a new report, visitors to the island are being duped and unknowingly eating dog meat that they think is chicken.

"It means they forgot their elders' teaching", he said.

They're now looking after about 150 dogs, but it's a long way off the estimated 70,000 that are slaughtered every year for the dog meat trade.

The Bali Animal Welfare Association is working to protect the island's dogs said the organisation was now looking after about 150 dogs but had documented 70 restaurants serving dog in Bali. "This is upsetting", he said.

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