Bali Bans Dog Meat Sales: A Bold Step Towards Animal Welfare

Bali Bans Dog Meat Sales: A Bold Step Towards Animal Welfare

Recently, Bali made waves with a controversial ordinance banning the sale and distribution of dog meat on the island of the gods. Through Regional Regulation No. 5 of 2023, the local government reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining public order, tranquility, and community protection. Those who dare to violate this regulation should be prepared to face serious consequences, including imprisonment for up to 3 months or a fine of up to Rp 50 million.

In addition, the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture has clarified through Circular No. 9874/SE/pk.420/F/09/2018 that dog meat is not considered a permissible food for widespread trade. This places clear restrictions on the sale of dog meat in Indonesia.

In addition to the risks of cruelty associated with such practices, the circulation of dog meat poses serious health risks to society and the environment.

The Bali City Civil Service Police Unit (Satpol PP) will step up enforcement of this regulation to ensure compliance. They will take stern action against individuals who continue to sell dog meat despite warnings to act as a deterrent.

Initially, efforts will focus on guiding those involved in the sale of dog meat. However, if violations continue after three warnings, legal action will be taken in accordance with applicable regulations.

Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi, head of Satpol PP, revealed that her office has been conducting awareness campaigns to stop the dog meat trade. They have also worked with foundations and animal welfare groups to provide guidance to business operators and encourage them to switch to other industries.

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