It’s unclear if recent exposure afforded the long suffering Bali Dog will end up enhancing their claim for laws designed to protect their welfare. Or given the endless issues facing rapidly developing Indonesia, drive their class of 2017 into the great melting pot of relative unimportance.
The great thing about dogs generally, they’re not political egotistical or pathological, they don’t fit in with such human natured terms. Bali Dogs for those who regard them as great are indeed in an elite class, smarter than the average canine. Ergo they should be afforded at the very least the same basic equivalent rights of welfare that an average canine gets elsewhere, right?
Well, it really becomes a dog’s breakfast with human ingredients at this very point. If we stroll down this sodden well-trodden ‘Western’ path going in feet first, then free roaming paws on the pavement are first on the canine casualty list to be ticked off. Registration of pet ownership, capping their numbers and rounding up all stray free roaming and unwanted dogs, will tick off the testy bulky middle issues. Placing them in holding pounds with limited retrieval periods before euthanasia, will round off the list nicely and lock the policy right in. Sound familiar.
There is already a back lash of vitriol against Bali and Bali people by association abounding on social media in reaction to humans being offered meat of dog. If closing down the meat trade happens by shock exposure then the end justifies the means. If however it drives the practice underground, places local Island people in a bad light and politicizes the general matter, then the Bali Dog will suffer more than it ever has before.
If the Bali Governor in his wisdom decides that his Government would be much better served in following the foreign model to the letter of its well established law.
Then the first dog to suffer the most will be the most vulnerable dog of all, the most free roaming ‘stray’ of all, the dog of all dogs. Rounded up if not registered, kicked out if over limit within compound capping, placed in holding pounds and if not collected within a man dated time frame, then euthanized humanely.
Then sold for human consumption?