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Dogmeat satays and jailbreak shine lurid light on Bali

June 21, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Bali is in the spotlight for the wrong reasons – with reports of local dogs brutally killed and their meat sold to unsuspecting tourists in the form of satays, and news of an Australian man and three other desperate foreigners tunnelling their way out of the island’s notorious Kerobokan prison.

Such news doesn’t exactly encourage families to choose Bali as a holiday destination.

An investigator from Animals Australia, using just a phone, a scooter and a small video camera, spent four months infiltrating and documenting Bali’s brutal dogmeat trade – and the results hit Australian media outlets this week.

The story is distressing, cruel and hardly likely to encourage tourism. In short, gangs are stealing, hunting, poisoning and butchering dogs for the meat trade in Bali – and tourists are unknowingly eating the meat.

Dinner is served

“Aside from the cruelty, the greatest shock was to discover that tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat and fuelling the trade,” the investigator told ABC News.

“The average tourist coming to Bali has no idea that ‘RW’ on the outside of popular street food stalls indicates dog meat.”

That’s certainly something to watch out for.

The investigation revealed mobile dogmeat vendors are trawling popular beaches in Bali selling tourists satays from buckets and deliberately lying about what the meat is.

“I’d been spending time with a gang that was known for supplying large numbers of dogs to many restaurants throughout Bali,” the investigator said.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated event in Bali, Indonesian police launched a search for an Australian man and three other foreigners believed to have escaped from Kerobokan prison in Bali through a 15-metre tunnel.

Bali’s infamous Kerobokan is constantly in the news. Australian woman Schapelle Corby, convicted of cannabis smuggling, spent almost a decade there before recently returning to Australia. The “Bali Nine”, convicted of heroin smuggling, were held in Kerobokan too. Ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad in 2015 and others are still in residence.

“A place of creepy fascination,” is how one report described Kerobokan.

Written by Peter Needham

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