After hearing reports that dogs were being beaten and flame torched alive in Northern Sulawesi, Rupert Imhoff, a research officer at the Bob Irwin Wildlife and Conservation Foundation, flew to northern Sulawesi to see first hand what was happening.
What he found and subsequently documented is horrific.
Dogs being pulled from cramped cages, clubbed on the head and then flame-grilled alive at the local markets on a near daily-basis. Rupert observed some of the dogs kicking frantically as the flames scorched their bodies. Other animals such as domesticated cats, bats and jungle rats faced the same fate.
Eating dog and cat meat is ingrained in the North Sulawesian culture, but the ‘culture and tradition” argument cannot excuse or justify the cruelty involved. Rupert asked locals where the dogs come from and was shocked to be told they were local village dogs, some of whom had been pets.
*WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT* VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/139912845