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Vendors in Bali have reportedly been feeding dog meat to unsuspecting tourists after telling them that it’s chicken.
Activist group Animals Australia says that it captured video footage of vendors admitting to locals that the meat being sold was, in fact, dog flesh, but when the vendors talked to Australian tourists, they claimed the meat was “chicken satay” and lied even when a tourist specifically asked if the meat was from a dog.
The group says that stray dogs—as well as family companion animals—are victims of the dog-meat trade in Bali. The dogs are captured in the street. Their legs are tied, their mouths are taped shut, and they’re helpless and terrified as humans kill them in full view of each other. They’re shot, strangled, or beaten to death.
Eating or selling dog meat isn’t illegal in Indonesia, even though some of the dogs are poisoned, which could be a health risk to humans who eat the meat.
This isn’t the only situation in which people have unknowingly supported the killing of dogs. If you’ve ever purchased leather accessories, you could be wearing dog skin.
In China, where a lot of the world’s leather comes from, a PETA Asia eyewitness investigation revealed that dogs are bludgeoned and killed so that their skin can be turned into leather shoes, gloves, belts, and other accessories. Products made from dog leather are exported throughout the world to be sold to unsuspecting customers.
If this upsets you, you’re not alone. You might be wondering how anyone could hurt “man’s best friend.” Could you look into the eyes of a kind and trusting dog and think that it’s OK to kill him or her for a snack or a leather belt?
But before lashing out at those who knowingly eat dog meat, we must take a look at our own culture. Although more and more Americans are going vegan after learning about factory farming, most of us were raised believing it’s wrong to eat certain animals like horses, dogs, and cats, yet it’s considered acceptable to eat cows, pigs, and chickens.
But while Americans are munching on their cheeseburgers, in other parts of the world, cows are considered sacred and it’s actually illegal to kill them for food or their skins. And in other regions, it’s “normal” to eat dogs and cats.
In the commercial meat industry in the U.S., pigs are typically forced to live most of their lives in cramped crates that are too small for them to even turn around or lie down comfortably. And chickens are crammed together in filthy cages or dark sheds.
Even the animals who are raised on so-called “humane” farms are existing in conditions so horrible that we’d never consider them acceptable for dogs and cats.
However, there’s no difference between dogs and chickens, pigs, or cows. They’re all intelligent, sensitive animals who don’t want to die. They all have the ability to feel complex emotions like pain, happiness, sadness, and fear. So why love one and kill the other?
What You Can Do
“Tradition” is no excuse to harm any species. We all have the power to help animals like the dogs who are being killed in Bali. Leave meat off your plate when you’re traveling abroad and at home, and always avoid animal skins and fur.
Join the millions of people who have taken a stand against cruelty by going vegan! You could save more than 100 animals a year just by leaving them off your plate. Check out our guide to get started.