In the four months Animals Australia investigator ‘Luke’ (not his real name) spent infiltrating the Balinese dog meat industry, he witnessed acts of cruelty so sickening he struggled not to intervene.
Pets being openly snatched in the street, their mouths taped shut their feet bound before being hauled off for slaughter to satiate the growing demand for dog meat by the Indonesian island’s restaurant industry.
Yet as reported on Monday’s episode of ABC’s 7.30, among the most shocking revelations from the investigation was that this meat was also being sold to unwitting tourists.
The undercover investigator, whom the program did not name for safety reasons, told the ABC he observed foreigners purchasing and consuming meat from street vendors, unaware that the letters ‘RW’ on the stall indicate it comes from dog.
“A group of Aussie tourists enjoyed the dog meat satays so much they went back for seconds,” he said. “Yet had they known the origin of the meat they would have been sickened.”
However, Luke also captured footage of vendors being directly deceptive, and peddling dog meat as chicken.
“Mobile dog meat vendors are trawling popular beaches in Bali selling satays from buckets, deliberately not telling people the origin of the meat and when asked, they lie,” he told the ABC.