These disturbing images show the painful truth of the dog meat trade in Indonesia, where around one million pets are slaughtered for food each year.
Footage shows how pet dogs are snatched from homes, tied up, stuffed in plastic sacks and shoved into tiny cages.
They are then transported to slaughter houses where they are viciously killed and decapitated in front of each other.
While only a minority of Indonesians eat dog meat, there has been an increase in popularity, which in addition to barbarity over animal cruelty, has authorities worried about the spreading of rabies.
Many of the animals are stolen family pets and unlawfully trafficked dogs collected from the streets and rural communities across Indonesia.
They are packed into cages and sacks with their limbs tied up and their mouths bound shut so tight that they can hardly breathe.
Video footage show pets bleeding from the mouths and paws as the plastic used cuts into their skin.
They are taken on long journeys on bikes or in overcrowded trucks to supply markets, slaughterhouses and restaurants, and many of the dogs die from suffocation, dehydration or heatstroke before they reach their final destination.
On arrival, they are dragged out of their cages and thrown onto hard concrete floors, where they are forced to watch other dogs ferociously slaughtered in front of them while they wait for death.
While only around seven per cent of the population – the country’s non-Muslim minorities, eat dog, Indonesia still kills around one million for consumption every year.
In some areas, dog meat is considered a traditional type of food, and its consumption is often linked to certain festivities or family celebrations such as weddings and baptisms.
As in many other parts of Asia, dog meat is also consumed for its perceived health properties, such as curing skin problems, dengue fever and asthma, as a general boost for the immune system, or improving male stamina.
In the area of Solo, for example, dog meat stalls promote dog meat as ‘Jamu’ (traditional medicine).
Apart from the cruel treatment of dogs before slaughter, the increased consumption of their meat has been blamed for the spread of rabies in Indonesia.
It has never been confirmed that humans can contract rabies from eating the meat of a tainted animal.
However, the unsanitary conditions of slaughterhouses and possibly infected dogs killed for consumption are concerning authorities, as they leave those involved in the dog meat trade – traders, slaughterers, vendors and consumers – at risk of being exposed.
To support and find out more about the campaign to end the trade in dog meat in Indonesia, visit Dog Meat Free Indonesia.