HARROWING images have revealed the true horror of Indonesia's dog meat trade where pups are hung from hooks and slaughtered.
Published by the animal charity Humane Society International, pictures show the brutal reality dogs face from when they are stolen to their gruesome death.
According to the charity, tens of thousands of dogs every month are taken from the streets and illegally transported to many parts of Indonesia.
Some of the dogs who make this horrific journey die from heatstroke, dehydration or injuries sustained during the capture.
But the horror is just beginning for those who manage to survive the brutal conditions as they are then taken to the slaughterhouse.
Sickening pictures show puppies strung up by their legs after they were beaten by their captors.
After having their throats cut open using a sharp knife, the pups are left to bleed out while still conscious.
In other public markets around Indonesia, dogs are beaten to death in full view of other terrified pooches.
Bali-based Lola Webber, who is End Dog Meat campaign director for DMFI member group Humane Society International said: "As well as being unspeakably brutal, it’s easy to see how this trade is the perfect breeding ground for the next serious public health disaster.
"Dogs are routinely slaughtered in public alongside all manner of wild and domestic species in markets in North Sulawesi.
"New pathogens could easily jump to humans if a dog trader was wounded during the day’s slaughter, a local consumer ate cross-contaminated dog meat bought at a nearby stall, or a tourist breathed in microscopic blood droplets as they sight-see the markets. In the face of such an obvious public health and animal welfare risk, we hope this will be the first of many prosecutions.
"We cannot allow the dog meat trade to thrive across Asia if we hope to protect the public from future pandemics.”
It comes as a dog meat trader was sentenced to a ten-month jail term and fined 150 million Indonesian Rupiahs (£7,700) in the country's first-ever dog meat prosecution.
DOGS FOUND WEARING COLLARS
The trader was caught by police transporting 78 dogs in the back of a truck.
Tragically only 62 of those pups had survived the ordeal.
The dogs had been stolen from the streets with many of them still wearing collars.
Wendy Higgins from DMFI-member group Humane Society International, told The Sun Online: "This police interception and court action is ground-breaking in Indonesia.
"Despite only a tiny percentage of people in Indonesia actually eating dog meat, it's a trade that impacts everyone because of the risk to public health, so it's great to see the authorities taking really firm action and we hope it will inspire others to do likewise.
"There are still tens of millions of dogs suffering across Asia, so we have much work to do, but progress is definitely happening."
In 2018, graphic images emerged showing barbecued dogs and cats being sold out in an Indonesian market.
Heartless traders were seen blow-torching the animals alive in Tomohon, a city in the north of the island nation.
Horrified animal lovers – battling to end the barbaric trade – claim some of the animals were still breathing when they were fatally scorched by the flames.
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