Denpasar’s Deputy Mayor Launches Sanur Kaja’s Village Regulation 3/2018 Against The Dog Meat Trade
On Sunday morning, October 7th 2018, Denpasar’s Deputy Mayor IGN Jaya Negara represented Mayor Ida Bagus Rai Mantra in formally launching Sanur Kaja’s Village Regulation promoting animal welfare and forbidding the dog meat trade in Sanur Kaja. The event was part of the village’s observation of World Rabies Day, with the theme “Share the Message, Save a Life.” Officials from provincial, Denpasar and Sanur government agencies, traditional and government leaders from Sanur, faculty from Udayana University and the head of Jagapati Village, Badung Regency (Program Dharma’s first expansion site) attended the launch of the Village Regulation, Peraturan Desa Sanur Kaja No. 3/2018. Guests included representatives from the Provincial and Denpasar City Health Offices, Denpasar City Parliament, and the Office of Animal Husbandry in Denpasar.
This regulation or Perdes, the first of its kind in Bali or elsewhere in Indonesia, is a formal, village-level legal instrument under the Indonesian government system and is a major accomplishment that we hope will contribute to eliminating the dog meat trade and promoting animal welfare throughout Bali.
In his written address, presented by the Deputy Mayor, Mayor Rai Mantra expressed his appreciation of and support for the village of Sanur Kaja for developing the Perdes. He emphasized the cultural importance of dogs to Balinese, notably in the Mahabharata as a symbol of Dewa Dharma who, in the form of a dog, escorted Yudistira to heaven. The mayor called on everyone to stop all violence against animals and stop dumping dogs and puppies, and particularly to stop consuming dog meat.
The Deputy Mayor then thanked I Made Sudana, the head of Sanur Kaja, for his initiative in advocating for and supporting the development of the Perdes because it will help eliminate the rabies virus in the city of Denpasar, in which Sanur Kaja is located. He hopes and expects that other villages in Denpasar and beyond will be inspired to follow by developing similar Perdes. He also noted that the launching on World Rabies Day can provide momentum to raise a