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Bark, no bite: Jakarta tightens leash on dog meat

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 7 2018   /  12:54 am

Following a circular issued by the Agriculture Ministry stating that dog meat is not food, the Jakarta administration has issued an instruction restricting the meat’s distribution and sale.

Dog lovers had pushed for a ban but an official said on Tuesday that there were no legal foundations for a ban as yet. Thus Jakarta only has the instruction issued on Oct. 12 by the Jakarta Maritime, Fisheries and Food Security Agency.

Sri Hartarti, the agency’s head of livestock and animal health said an outright ban was not an option yet.

“It takes time and funds. Certainly, we need to involve experts on all aspects, be they cultural or economic. If we drafted [a ban] based on one aspect, it would be useless,” she said.

The agency’s instruction states no veterinary certificate will be issued for dog meat for consumption, nor will any recommendation letter be iss...