Harrowing images reveal true horror of dog meat trade as slaughtered & skinned pups hang from hooks

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HARROWING pictures have revealed the real horror of the Indonesian dog meat trade, where puppies are hung on hooks and slaughtered.

Published by the animal welfare organization Humane Society International, the images show the brutal reality of dogs from their theft to their gruesome death.


Dogs were hung by their feet before they were slaughteredImage credit: DMFI
A packed truck full of stolen dogs


A packed truck full of stolen dogsImage credit: DMFI
A scared dog in a truck heading for a slaughterhouse


A scared dog in a truck heading for a slaughterhouseImage credit: DMFI

According to the charity, tens of thousands of dogs are taken off the streets every month and illegally transported to many parts of Indonesia.

Some of the dogs that make this terrifying journey die from heat stroke, dehydration, or injuries sustained during the capture.

But for those who manage to survive the brutal conditions, the horror only begins when they are then taken to the slaughterhouse.

Disgusting pictures show puppies hung by their legs after being beaten by their kidnappers.

After cutting their throats open with a sharp knife, the puppies are allowed to bleed to death if they are conscious.

In other public markets in Indonesia, dogs are beaten to death in front of other frightened pooches.

Bali-based Lola Webber, who heads the End Dog Meat campaign for DMFI affiliate Humane Society International, said, “This trade is not only unspeakably brutal, but also the perfect breeding ground for the next major public health disaster .

“Dogs are routinely slaughtered in public in North Sulawesi markets, along with all kinds of game and domestic species.

“New pathogens could easily spread to humans if a dog dealer was wounded during the day’s slaughter, a local consumer ate cross-contaminated dog meat bought at a nearby stall, or a tourist inhaled microscopic blood droplets while touring the markets . With such an obvious risk to public health and animal welfare, we hope this will be the first of many law enforcements.

“We cannot allow the dog meat trade to flourish across Asia if we hope to protect the public from future pandemics.”

It comes when a dog meat dealer was sentenced to 10 months in prison and fined 150 million Indonesian rupiahs (£ 7,700) in the country’s first dog meat prosecution.


The dealer was caught by the police who were transporting 78 dogs on the back of a truck.

Tragically, only 62 of these pups survived the ordeal.

The dogs had been stolen from the street, and many of them were still wearing collars.

Wendy Higgins of DMFI affiliate Humane Society International told The Sun Online, “This police wiretapping and judicial operation is groundbreaking in Indonesia.

“Although only a tiny percentage of people in Indonesia actually eat dog meat, it is a trade that affects everyone because of the risk to public health.

“There are still tens of millions of dogs all over Asia so we still have a lot to do, but there is definitely progress.”

In 2018, graphic images popped up showing grilled dogs and cats that were sold out in an Indonesian market.

In Tomohon, a town in the north of the island state, heartless traders were seen lighting the animals alive with a blowtorch.

Horrified animal lovers struggling to end the barbaric trade claim that some of the animals were still breathing when they were fatally scorched by the flames.

A dog sentenced to death tied up in a plastic bag


A dog sentenced to death tied up in a plastic bagImage credit: DMFI
A makeshift kitchen used to cook dogs in Indonesia


A makeshift kitchen used to cook dogs in IndonesiaImage credit: DMFI

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