Having gained access to a dog slaughterhouse and nearby restaurant in 2015, photographer Eko Siswono Toyudho recently published graphic photos showing the reality of the dog meat trade in Indonesia.
Because of their graphic nature, Toyudho hesitated to publish the photos, waiting until the end of 2017 to reveal the horrors these animals suffer. Before their meat was chopped up and cooked, Toyudho said he witnessed dogs being beaten to death with hammers.
According to the photographer, the slaughterhouse and restaurant are still in business, killing up to six dogs each day.
We can’t help but point out the hypocrisy here. People are outraged by dogs chained up next to their recently slaughtered friends, but they don’t bat an eye when a chicken is in the same situation. They cringe at bodies of slaughtered dogs on display in foreign markets but pay no mind to bodies of butchered pigs on display in their grocery stores. They cheer when dogs are saved from meat trades but don’t think twice about animals who suffer at factory farms and slaughterhouses in their own country.
Sure, at the surface it makes sense that most Westerners are sickened by the very thought of eating dog meat. To them, dogs are companion animals to cuddle, take for walks, and treat like family. But the only difference between dogs and the cows, pigs, and chickens killed for food is people’s perception of them.
Farmed animals are just as intelligent and sensitive as the dogs in our homes. Chickens can recognize more than 100 individuals and cows form close friendships. Pigs are thought to have the intelligence of a three-year-old child and are considered the fifth-most intelligent animal in the world. They are also known to play video games with more focus and success than chimpanzees.
Even though cows, pigs, and chickens are similar to dogs in all the ways that matter, in the United States they are relegated to intense and unimaginable cruelties: extreme confinement; brutal mutilations; and bloody, violent deaths.
Don’t believe us? Just watch.
No one needs to eat animal products to survive. In fact, quite the opposite is true. There are tremendous health and environmental benefits to ditching animal products. Right now, millions of people are thriving on a delicious and humane plant-based diet.
So if you love dogs and see them as the unique, sensitive, and intelligent beings they are, it’s time you opened your eyes and started seeing farmed animals the same way.
Click here to learn more about a compassionate diet.
Photo Credit: Caters News Agency/ The Sun