Vegan actor and animal rights activist Peter Egan exposed dogs and cats being bludgeoned, blow-torched, and dismembered while alive for Indonesia’s meat trade.
Out of the 200 “live” meat markets in Indonesia, Egan was able to visit 2 of the most disturbing dog and cat meat markets in the country to expose what really happens to animals in the meat trade.
A video taken at Tomohon’s “Extreme Market” and Langowan Traditional Market, both visited by Egan and the Dog Meat Free Indonesia, exposes animals in small and filthy cages in hot weather while waiting to be slaughtered.
The animals were filmed bludgeoned to death with large pieces of wood, taken to be blow-torched to get rid of their fur, then finally slaughtered and dismembered for their meat.
However, many of the animals were still moving or twitching while they were being torched.
Egan said: “I had been warned about the conditions for the animals at the markets in North Sulawesi, but nothing could have prepared me for the sickening horrors I witnessed.”
“This part of Indonesia is world-renowned for its breathtaking volcanic mountain landscape, stunning dive waters and beautiful beaches, but the ugly brutality of the dog and cat meat trades will haunt me for the rest of my life.”
“The absolute indifference to animal suffering was so utterly shocking and heartbreaking.”
“I saw countless dogs and cats waiting to be slaughtered, to lose their lives in the most brutal and cruel way. There was nothing I could do to take away their pain, but their pleading eyes and the stomach-churning smell of blood and burning dog hair, are scenes of hell that I shall never forget.”
The meat markets slaughter not only cats and dogs but also reptiles such as pythons and lizards.
Other campaigners insist that the practice is cruel as it pushes thieves to steal pet cats and dogs for the market and it also spreads diseases such as rabies.
However, some locals still justify the cat and dog meat trade as they are believed to have healing properties and are part of the country’s tradition.
Egan was able to pay one trader in the Indonesian dog and cat meat market to save 4 dogs but was not able to rescue more.
Dog Meat Free Indonesia and Egan are now calling for a complete ban on the practice in Indonesia, following the move of other Asian countries such as Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
“I am committed to exposing these horrors and to working with the Indonesian and global community to fulfil our united goal of ending the abhorrent cruelty of the dog and cat meat trades,” Egan concluded.