Success! Wild Boar-and-Dog Fights Banned in West Java

In a huge victory for animal rights, Ahmad Heryawan, the Governor of West Java, has issued a ban on wild boar-and-dog fights (knownas “dugong” or “Adu bagong”).

Ade Sukalsah, Head of Communications for the West Java Government, told BBC Indonesia:

“Wild boar – dog fights are a long-standing tradition in West Java, but if the tradition has a bad influence and a negative impact on society, then it should be eliminated and forgotten.

The West Java provincial government has asked district governments to issue a regulation prohibiting Dugong performances.”

Owners of animals participating in this slaughter have said the fights are important because they preserve a regional tradition that began in the 1960s.

But not all traditions are worthy of being preserved.

The Scorpion Foundation, which monitors wildlife trading, confirmed Sukalsah’s announcement, adding that the Governor was banning the brutal practice as the torture of animals is a criminal offense.

Wild boar-and-dog fighting occurs in many places in West Java, from Bandung, Pangandaran, Majalengka and Yellow.

This appallingly cruel “sport” resembles bullfighting and every other animal fighting event. First a wild boar is released into an arena, next a dog and then the two get into a vicious fight for their lives.

Eventually one of them usually dies, after being savagely mauled, while the other animal is severely injured.

The boars are sold for their meat in the local market.

You can witness in this YouTube videohow the small arena is surrounded by bamboo poles to protect the crowd, which yells and screams to urge on their favorite dog.

That’s right: Bets are taken and there’s often a lot of money at stake.

As this Care2 petition notes, “The real motivation behind this particular death sport is more predictable – namely, cash. Dog fighters can take in up to $2,000 if their canine wins. Dog breeders also fight their animals so they can leverage the notoriety of their fighting dogs to sell more animals at higher prices.”

The petition demanded, “No living creature should be forced to defend its life for the mere amusement of another. Add your name now and be a voice for a more humane and compassionate world.”

World Animal Newsexplains:

“The decision to stop the bloody spectacle that pit a dog against a wild boar in a vicious fight for their lives was most likely made following increased negative media coverage and growing pressure by animal advocates. According to a Care2 petition that demanded the ban, these forced fights were ‘animal cruelty of the worst kind.’”

Indeed, this breaking news is being welcomed by thousands of animal rights activists: The more than 253,000 members who signed the Care2 petition; Campaigners from the Scorpion Foundation, which monitors wildlife trade; And their partners from Animals Asia and the Change for Animals Foundation, all working to expose these barbaric spectacles in Indonesia.

Congratulations to all the animal welfare activists who contributed to this success!

While this is a great victory, there are plenty more animals still suffering in Indonesia. You can take action by signing and sharing this petition, calling on the government of Indonesia to shut down the Indonesian Zoo Association, which allows 90% of zoos in the country to keep their animals in appalling conditions.

Image credit: Reuters

75 comments

Sonia M
Sonia M9 days ago

Good news thanks for sharing

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Lesa D
Lesa D18 days ago

finally! some GOOD news!!!

thank you, Judy...

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Fran Leard
Fran L20 days ago

These sick money hungry monsters need to stop this horrific abuse on innocent animals. Put laws into effect to stop these low life miserable sub humans from destroying these animals.

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Joan E
Joan E20 days ago

Glad that is over. What a terrible, sadistic thing to do.

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Shirley Layfield
Shirley L20 days ago

Great news, thanks for sharing!

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Pat P
Pat P21 days ago

Is there any form of cruelty that humans won't be involved in for money or reprehensible "entertainment"?! The world must stop breeding and encouraging sociopaths!

It seems so rare to have "success" in animal welfare issues--so sad

Thankfully, this sick "tradition" has been banned. Since when does something being a tradition (no matter when begun) justify its continued existence?

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Ann B
Ann B21 days ago

our hard work pays off!!!!!

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Angelika K
Angelika K21 days ago

noted & signed

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Marija M
Marija M21 days ago

good. tks for sharing.

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Nicole H
Nicole H22 days ago

Fights between animals of the same breed, or totally different breed as is the case here MUST BE BANNED IMMEDIATELY. THERE HAS BEEN TOO MUCH SUFFERING SO FAR. We don't have to prove who's animal is stronger, has more or less fear, or is more aggressive. ENOUGH is ENOUGH. Grateful that this is one more who has been banned. NOW ALL THE REST IS TO FOLLOW and VERY VERY VERY SOON !!

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