Dog Meat Sold as Chicken; Dog Skin Sold as Leather

Published by Michelle Kretzer.

If you’ve eaten “chicken” while traveling in Indonesia and perhaps elsewhere, you may have actually eaten dog meat. Eyewitness investigators working for our friends at Animals Australia report that they filmed vendors in Bali selling tourists “chicken satay” that was actually dog meat. It’s legal to eat dogs in Indonesia, but the group says that vendors deliberately misrepresent the food to tourists.

According to Animals Australia, dogs are taken off the streets of Bali and poisoned, strangled, or clubbed. Seven times as many dogs die in Bali’s dog-meat industry each year as they do in China’s Yulin dog-eating festival. The animal-protection group has a team in Bali working to stop the island’s dog-meat trade. And in the U.S., PETA is tackling a similar issue with imports of dog leather.

Most leather sold here comes from China, where dogs and cats are often killed for their skins. A PETA Asia eyewitness investigation revealed that a single slaughterhouse bludgeoned and skinned hundreds of dogs a day. The processed dog-skin leather is usually deliberately mislabeled before being sold all over the world. Even if a leather garment says that it was made in Italy or the U.S., the raw materials were likely imported from China, so there’s no easy way to know what animal the skin came from.

What You Can Do

Show the video to everyone you know, and please, don’t eat or wear animals. Grab your free vegan starter kit and sign PETA’s pledge to go leather-free today.


Get PETA Updates

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our collection, storage, use, and disclosure of your personal info in accordance with our privacy policy as well as to receiving e-mails from us.

 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind