Protesters campaigning against the trading of dog and cat meat in Indonesia. Photo: Dog Meat Free Indonesia

International celebrities have urged Indonesia to ban the trading of dog and cat meat in the country. According to Dog Free Meat Indonesia, a letter was addressed to president Joko Widodo urging a ban on the trade in dog and cat meat in Indonesia, saying ending the trade would be celebrated globally and remove a stain on the country’s reputation.

More than 90 celebrities were listed in the letter, among them Cameron Diaz, Ellen DeGeneres, Simon Cowell, Ricky Gervais and Indonesian singer Anggun.

“These animals, many of them stolen pets, are subjected to crude and brutal methods of capture, transport and slaughter, and the immense suffering and fear they must endure is heartbreaking and absolutely shocking,” the letter said.

The letter came after Indonesian campaigners against animal cruelty and the Humane Society International exposed the trading and abuse of dogs on the island of Sulawesi in January. Dogs were bludgeoned and blow-torched alive to remove their hair before onlookers.

Kitty Block, the president of Humane Society International, expressed her gratitude to the celebrities for their efforts in ending the trade and to protect dogs and cats in Indonesia.

“We respectfully urge President Widodo to work with us on a solution that protects not only Indonesia’s dogs and cats, but also the health of its people,” Block said.

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