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Touted as one of the best beaches in the world by various travel magazine, Bali has recorded around 4.6 million visiting tourists in 2016 alone. The total expenditure these visitors splash on food and local transit amounts to $100 per day. However, this booming tourists’ hotspot is also home to a black market for dog meat.
This dog meat market has been in existence for the longest time on the island. Locals are aware of this incident and, in one way or another, have been secretly involved in the butcher of innocent dogs. The dog meat is being used as a substitute for chicken meat and being served as local satay to tourists.
An animal protection organization called Animals Australia broke the news after a thorough investigation of Bali’s elusive dog meat trade. A team of animal rights activists went to investigate the whole trade. Their findings are published in a report called “Bali’s hidden meat trade – and its disturbing connection to Australian tourism.”
How did black meat enter the tourist food chain?
The massive arrival of tourists leads to high demand for food especially local delicacies like chicken satay. However, some street vendors have become a passive participant in the trade by letting tourists believe that the satay they bought is made from chicken meat.
The Balinese street vendors are actually the biggest propagators of dog meat market. In addition, about 70 of restaurants offer dishes made from dog meat, Independent UK reported.
Such practice remains a taboo to countries like the United Kingdom and other European nations. And having them on the plate is quite unacceptable. Worse, how these dogs are being butchered and poisoned is totally an act of abuse to animals. In order to avoid such experiences when in Bali, know that stalls with “Satay RW” are stores offering food made of dog meat.
Moreover, “The dog-meat trade breaches animal cruelty laws and food safety laws. That is a statement of fact,” Animals Australia campaign director Lyn White told the ABC. Watch the report below:
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