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Animals in Bali Suffer every day. Help BAWA stop it.

Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) is a non-profit charity based in Bali, Indonesia. BAWA works to improve the lives of all animals in Bali.

We directly relieve the suffering of animals by providing emergency response and rescue, medication, rehabilitation and adoption.We practice humane population control and have intensive education and advocacy programs for sustainable improvement to animal welfare. BAWA will respond to alerts of any animal in distress – from snakes to dolphins. A key focus is Bali’s Heritage Dog – a unique breed that is under threat.

BAWA is funded entirely by the kind donations of our supporters and relies heavily on a staff of dedicated volunteers.


Entry Pass BBSBAWA has been active in identifying and tracking highly-organised pit bull fights in Bali.

However, often when BAWA identifies the location of a pit bull fight and intervenes, organisers pack up and move their event to another location. They are highly organised and they attempt to be highly secretive.

Organised dogfighting is a barbaric blood sport that goes to the heart of people’s humanity and their early education on animal welfare – and to the issue of awareness and enforcement of laws to protect animals.

 People who breed and train (often through torture) dogs for fighting usually are driven by greed. Big money changes hands at horrible, bloody and cruel dogfights. People who support the barbaric blood sport have been denied or have ignored their essential education on respect for animals, which have feelings just like humans and should be treated with care and guardianship.

They are also driven by ego. When their dog wins they feel more important and powerful, when in fact they are cruel and barbaric. They are teaching children that animal abuse is acceptable behaviour … when it is not. 

In the fights, dogs are badly wounded. They suffer heavy bleeding, ruptured lungs, broken bones and other life-threatening injuries.  


If the losing dogs do not die of their injuries they are often tortured to death for humiliating their owners. Drowning, strangulation, hanging, gun shot and electrocution are used to kill the losers. Or they suffer a slow rehabilitation and then are tortured again, with heavy chains and starvation, and are forced to fight again and again.

 Dog fighting is rated as one of the most serious forms of animal abuse. It opposes the humane values that prevail in most societies today. It is one of Bali’s many thorny contradictions that dog fighting and other blood sports are staged on the island whose majority Hindu population is taught the principle of Ahimsa, or non-violence, and respect for fellow humans and Bali’s animals.

Dog fighting is barbarous and brutal. People who support it on Bali have no cultural justification for it. If others are bringing the horror on to the island, then locals should object. Animal cruelty such as dog fighting has the potential to seriously affect Bali’s tourism image and business.

BAWA works with organisations that actively oppose dogfighting and other senseless and barbarous blood sports. If you are aware of any dog fighting activities, including training and the actual fights, please call our 24/7 hotline on 0811-389-004. Please take photos and record license plate numbers. Email your evidence to

 In Indonesia, organised dogfighting is against the law. Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP) Articles 241; 302; 406; and 170 apply and offenders face a maximum 12 years in prison. Animal Health Law No 18 (2009) Articles 66 and 67 also apply.

 Many people including some law enforcers are not fully aware of the laws which are dated and are seldom used. BAWA is working with policymakers, religious leaders, enforcement agencies and others to have the laws and their penalties updated to address the full horror of organised dogfighting today.

 Those involved in organised dogfighting endanger the safety of people, especially children, and cause severe injuries and death to animals. Please understand that the dogs are the victims. Please do not protect dog fighters who abuse animals. You can download a BBC documentary about dog fighting at

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6 pups 2A few days ago I was feeding dogs on the way to the office and a local Balinese came to talk to me. He said he had 4 puppies at his house that he was planning to throw away that day. He explained that the mother was too skinny and the puppies had starting to chew things.

I followed him to the family compound and found a very skinny mother dog doing her best to feed 6 (not four) puppies. As often happens in Bali the Balinese will throw away the female puppies and keep the males; it’s their affordable answer to birth control.

We fed the mother dog and gave a bit to the puppies as well to start getting them used to human handling. The children had no idea how to hold or handle puppies so we spent time explaining to them how puppies are like human babies and why they need food, love, proper care and handling. We tried to tell the father to tell his children not to carry a 4 week old kitten by the leg or tail. Ouch.    

There is a long way to go in Balinese villages to educate people in proper animal care. Even families that understand about proper food and do give water to their dogs (rare here) may not understand that it is important for dogs to have socialisation and exercise rather than being kept on a chain their whole lives.

We have so much work to do and can only make progress with your support. We have now been back to the house three times in the last few days, and have promised to sterilise the mother dog next week and to help find homes for all the puppies…males and females.

Thank you for your support,




 18032014 BAWA Jakarta Seminar in Strengthening Laws for Animal Welfare

Participants in Indonesia’s inaugural Workshop to Strengthen Animal Welfare Laws overwhelmingly supported the urgent need to update old laws against animal cruelty, increase penalties for offenders and ensure diligent enforcement of laws to protect Indonesia’s animals. 

 JAKARTA 18 March 2014 – Leading Indonesian animal welfare groups, policymakers, clerics, government agencies, academics, vets and students today called for reform of national animal welfare laws.

Workshop presentations, some extremely graphic, showed damming evidence of the shocking dog meat trade, organised blood sports such as Pit Bull fighting, dancing monkey cruelty, the illegal trade in wildlife, inhumane animal markets, and other cruelty against the nation’s wild and domestic animals. 

Participants urged application of harsher penalties against offenders and spoke out on the need for awareness and commitment among law enforcement agencies. Lively discussions and debates from early morning until late evening demonstrated the growing passion for animal welfare by all participants. 

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