Dream Holiday In Bali: Beware Of Dog Meat Satay Sometimes Being Sold As Chicken!


Animal welfare groups have again risen awareness to the ongoing slaughter of dogs and trade of dog meat on the holiday island of Bali where the product is often sold to unsuspecting people as satay.

A horrifying prospect that nobody really wants to think of when a Bali holiday comes to mind as most cultures consider the slaughter of dogs as barberism and would never in their wildest dreams think of consuming dog meat.

The story has been picked up by reputable news outlets in the past week but it’s by far not the first time that someone reports on it, though the possibility of holidaymakers consuming the meat while thinking they’re eating chicken satay is terrifying.

One of these reports can be followed at The Independent (access here).

Bali is a popular destination for Western and Australian tourists. Attracting both budget backpackers and luxury honeymooners, it’s the most developed Indonesian island.

But according to a new report, visitors to the island are being duped and unknowingly eating dog meat that they think is chicken.

Animal protection organisation Animals Australia recently conducted an investigation into the matter, entitled “Bali’s hidden meat trade – and its disturbing connection to Australian tourism.”

They found that every day, dogs – including pets – are being taken off the streets of Bali and killed, often brutally, to be sold as meat to tourists. …

It’s reportedly street food vendors who are most likely to be selling dog meat as chicken, but about 70 restaurants in Bali have been found to sell dog meat too.

Often it’s sold with the word “satay,” and the sellers allow tourists to presume it’s chicken.

“Tourists will walk down a street, they’ll see a street store selling satay but what they are not realising is the letters RW on the store mean it is dog meat being served,” Animals Australia campaign director Lyn White told the ABC.

This can simply be summarized with one word and that would be: Disgusting!

I have contacted a friend in Indonesia to learn more about this and was told that it indeed legal to sell dog meat there. What’s important to avoid it is the designation of such meat which is very encrypted and not recognizable to foreigners due to local slang.

The article already mentions the letters “RW”:. There are others such as “B1” or “lomok2”.

Example: B1 = biang (dog, local language), B2 would be: babi (pig).


I have seen strange meat options sold for consumption all over the world. Donkey, Raindeer, Guinea Pig, Snake etc. It comes to no surprise to me that indeed some cultures do eat dog and even though many societies consider dogs to be a domesticated animal in other parts of the world they eat them.

I honestly wouldn’t have expected Bali of all places to be a dog meat hub. This is disturbing and sickening at the same time. While I never entirely trust one sided reports from environmental or animal rights groups entirely, if even half of what is being reported by them is true that’s more than enough reason to be careful on your next Bali holiday and pay close attention to the signage at vendors.

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  • Es Pats

    why beware?

  • Gcs2006

    mmm.tastes like schiiiiccken

  • Jocke

    Sounds delicious.

  • ray

    Honestly I don’t see what what’s so barbaric about eating dog meat vs. chicken meat. It’s a bit moralizing and racist to call it barbaric and considering what we do to animals in factory farms, the Balinese probably treat the dogs more humanely than we treat chickens. As for tourists not knowing that RW stands for dog meat, that’s not really the Balinese’s problem is it? Tourists need to learn the local culture and customs, the world wasn’t created by god for westerners. You guys need to check your privilege. The tone of this article reeks of Euro/western-centrism and is surprisingly uncultured for a travel blog.

  • Shuqi Chang

    Sounds great…

  • Haitao Sun

    Just because other people don’t do things according to your rules does not make them wrong. As an Asian living in Germany, I often am disgusted by Germans wearing their day shoes into my house (God knows what they have on the bottom of their shoes), but locals don’t take off their shoes entering the house, we learn to accept it and work around it. As a traveler with that much experience, the ignorance is really surprising.

    • Sebastian the Sicko

      Exactly, and who says eating horse meat is fine?? Many people don’t even know they’re feeding their house pets horse meat as that is what dog food tends to be made with. I doubt those horses are being coaxed to sleep with a lullaby before being killed and hacked up!

  • ihg newbie

    i can’t believe what these inferiority ridden third world types are saying.
    believe it or not, there is such thing as barbaric behavior and eating dog as well as cannibalism and genital mutilation are considered as such.
    dogs are the only animal, domesticated or wild, that will defend his owner and the family to death. dogs are not chicken. throughout the history of human civilizations, dogs have been considered more like a part of the family or at least a partner of sort. that’s why most cultures revile concept of eating dogs.
    you got to be a part of some vicious and back stabbing group to eat dogs. and you will find a lot of those type in china and korea.

    • Jocke

      You will find that any pack animal will defend their flock. Dogs are pack animals and will/may therefore defend their “owners” as members of the same pack. It has nothing to do with dogs being more intelligent or more human like. They are simply reacting according to their genetic programming and their instinct. Elephants, dolphins, orcas, apes, lions etc, will also defend their flock. They are simply genetically programmed that way in order to survive and to keep their offspring safe.

    • anti-hypocrite

      And in your country too probably. Monkeys are also consumed in some parts of the world; people in the west eat pigeons that they catch while standing in their backyard or strolling through a park. Personally, I don’t think it’s your call to defend the vicious killing of some animals and not all. In the US, there have been many incidents of dog fighting – is that OK?
      If your point is that dogs are useful animals, then maybe you should be sold as chicken.

  • thatsthatmattressman

    if you can access iview on abc australia (may need a VPN) the story focusses on the barbaric nature of the kills including poisoning the dog which can in turn poison the consumer. this is animals australia focus and not so much is it ethical to eat dog meat, here is a link


  • Chris

    I am happy to see less dog errant in the street of Bali, annoying and dangerous

    Different lifestyle…

  • Gary

    Little Sebastian does it again… with his “barberism” comment. I think that actually may refer to a bad haircut.

  • Randy Koteles

    Are the recipes online somewhere?

  • It’s about suffering endured

    I don’t find the consumption of dog meat to be the issue here (even though I find it distasteful personally), but the issues of passing off dog meat or not adequately disclosing its dog meat to unsuspecting patrons, and most importantly of all, some of the appalling and distressing torture of these animals in the killing process (it’s one thing to, for example, kill via a bullet to the head, quite another to hog tie, store like that for extended periods, before eventually beating or poisoning the animal to death over a extended period, while the animal suffers badly before dying).

    We do eat animals (although in the West, we do not do so of animals we generally consider pets), but in the West we do put value on minimising the suffering of anything we kill for food (and that is the issue here, as some of that harvesting of dogs clearly involves great suffering to the animal before it dies, which we see as very cruel and very immoral).

    • Fed up

      And harvesting chicken, cows, duck, and pigs is done morally? Try watching one of those documentaries about how they force feed ducks on a quebec farm so that there is ample supply of foie gras. Or chickens on the assembly line. Have you ever sat through the entire process of meat production? I doubt it. There are so many things that consumers don’t know but believe because it allows them to sleep better at night. Don’t even get me started on the clothes you wear.

  • Janet

    “…even though many societies consider dogs to be a domesticated animal in other parts of the world they eat them.”

    Cows = domesticated. Chickens = domesticated. Pigs = domesticated.