from the New York Post
‘Chicken satay’ served to tourists is actually dog meat
Unsuspecting tourists in Bali are eating dog meat that they’ve been told is “chicken satay,” according to a new report.
Some of the canine skewers served on the Indonesian island are poisoned from the cyanide used to kill the puppies — and those are the dogs that aren’t just bludgeoned or hung from trees to die, Australia’s ABC reports.
“Aside from the cruelty, the greatest shock was to discover that tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat and fueling the trade,” said an investigator from activist group Animals Australia, identified only as Luke for his own safety.
“The average tourist coming to Bali has no idea that ‘RW’ on the outside of popular street food stalls indicates dog meat.”
Luke spent four months undercover in the city’s dog meat trade, documenting gangs as they stole pups, then brutally slaughtered them for food, the news outlet reports.
“As an animal cruelty investigator, I have trained myself to cope with cruelty, but nothing prepared me for the brutal catching of dogs in the village,” he told ABC’s “7:30” program.
“I focused on my camera work but it was gut-wrenching to hear these dogs … screaming and wailing in terror and sorrow.”
Dog meat is legal in the country — although killing animals cruelly and serving poison meat are not — and many locals willingly dine on the dish, which they believe makes men more virile.
“It is good for health especially during winter. It is good for breathing. It makes us strong,” one 60-year-old man told “7:30.”
But holidaymakers sunning themselves on the beaches of the tourism hotspot are none the wiser when they’re approached by a vendor selling what he insists is chicken.
“Satay chicken, not dog?” an Australian tourist asks the peddler in a videotaped exchange.
“No, not dog,” he replies.
“I’m happy just as long as it’s not dog,” the Aussie says before chowing down on Fido.
The animal rights activists are hoping Balinese authorities will crack down on the industry now that they’ve exposed the poisoned meat entering the local food chain.