Sintesia Animalia



Improve the Welfare of Animals of All Species in Indonesia


Animals International / Animals Australia established an Animals International Bali Team to do a research project of Dog Meat Trade.

The Dog Meat Trade initiative began in four of Bali’s nine districts and municipality, but then expanded to cover every districts and municipality in Bali. The team developed a good and strong relationship with stakeholders in Bali.

Bali Animal Defender was established and worked on their first cruelty case with Blahbatuh Sub-district Police in Gianyar District, Bali. This was the first animal cruelty case in Indonesia successfully prosecuted under Indonesian animal cruelty law.

Meanwhile, Animals International Bali Team keep working on the Dog Meat Trade Project and other smaller projects in Bali.

Animals International Bali Team met Bali Animal Defender and started the collaboration. Animals Australia supported both team for their capacity building (including providing mentoring, support, and training from largely reactive to more planned, sustainable and targeted approach).

Animals International Bali Team and Bali Animal Defender built a stronger relation and developed a better working policy combining both capabilities. Bali Animal Defender has successfully resolved more than 100 minor animal welfare cases by mediation involving local government and village officers, and successfully prosecuted 3 major animal cruelty cases in Bali. We also able to build trust among government bodies and success to convince 3 fundamental government bodies (Police, Satpol PP, and Army) to be a supervisor for Bali Animal Defender, received support from various stakeholders.

Animals Australia facilitate both team to be more professional end efficient team. Animals International Bali Team and Bali Animal Defender decided to merging both skills to create a better, stronger, animal welfare organization. Use expert strategies to solve animal welfare issues in Indonesia and gain more trust from the Indonesian government and the public.

The goal was to combine each team’s strengths: Bali Animal Defender has good experience using the law in individual cases bases while the Animals International Bali Team focused on a scientific approach and law in general.

Our Vision

To be truly Indonesian animal welfare organisation that improves the welfare of all animals in a sustainable and respected way, and makes Indonesia a leader in animal welfare in the ASEAN region.

By :

  • Assisting the government in making and implementing policies, regulations, and laws that comply with international animal welfare policies and agreements;
  • Assisting the government and religious authorities to enforce existing regulations and laws, and also by advocating for law reform where necessary;
  • Supporting community and other education, responsible tourism, conservation and protection of the environment, as well as the balance of life between humans, animals, and nature;
  • Advocating for better animal welfare with dedication and integrity and by upholding the noble values ​​of Pancasila.

behind the name of




Is taken from a word “synthesis” which mean a combination of ideas to form a new theory or system, or the mixing of different idea, influences, and things to make a whole that is different or new.

Sintesia refers to what we want to do through this organization, which is to form a system that builds animal welfare by combining some of the ideas, theories, and knowledge base that we have.


Animalia refers to the kingdom animalia, which includes every species of animal as well as humans. It becomes our target to help every animal and even to support human welfare for animal welfare in a way that also supports our environment.


Indonesia refers to where we want to work.

The name refers to our wish to combine our ideas based on science, law, and our knowledge basis to build a system to drives the welfare of animals and humans throughout Indonesia.

Our Members

Board of Trustee

Head of Trustee : drh. Sasa Vernandes

Member of Trustee : drh. Deborah Bianti

Board of Management

Chairperson : Jovand Imanuel Calvary

Treasurer : Aristya Dewi

Secretary : drh. Farhan Abdul Hasan

Our Members

Board of Trustee

Head of Trustee : drh. Sasa Vernandes

Member of Trustee : drh. Deborah Bianti

Board of Management

Chairperson : Jovand Imanuel Calvary

Treasurer : Aristya Dewi

Secretary : drh. Farhan Abdul Hasan


Our Work

The Dog Meat Project (DMT)

Why we should end the dog meat trade and consumption?

Inhumane Method

We witnessed the use of inhumane means to capture, transport, and kill dogs, many of whom were believed to be stolen.

Dog Meat is not “Food” Under Indonesian Law

Law No 18 of 2012 about food does not classified dog meat as food. Circular Letter of Director General of Livestock and Animals Health no 9874/SE/pk.420/F/09/2018 clearly stated that dog meat is not classified in the definition of food.  

Increase the Transmission Of Zoonotic Disease

The Dog Meat Trade (DMT) contributed to the transmission of rabies which is endemic in Bali. It also possess potential transmission to other zoonotic disease.

Our Steps to Close the Dog Meat Trade

One Health Collaborating Centre Udayana University (UNUD) and Animals International organized a discussion forum Human and Animal Welfare.

This resulted in a recommendation to Bali Government to close the Dog Meat Trade and responded by the Bali Government by the issuance of Bali Governor’s Circular Letter concerning dog meat trade issues in Bali, and requesting a study to understand more about Dog Meat Trade in Bali.

This started a multidisciplinary movement to end the trade through data collection by Udayana University (UNUD) researchers (funded and employed by Animals Australia), and a series of visits targeting the Dog Meat Trade by the District level Public Order Community Police (Satpol PP), and Agriculture Services.

In January we started the research, and a series of visits in Badung, Gianyar, Tabanan District and Denpasar Municipality. The purpose of the visit is to collect sociodemographic data, educate and convince dog meat trader to stop this activity.

In April, Badung Agriculture and Food Services and Animals International organized Focus Discussion Group “Impact of Dog Meat Trade on tourism and culture”. This resulted in a recommendation to stakeholders to enforce and issuing regulation supporting the closure of Dog Meat Trade. Responding this recommendation, 2 customary villages in Badung District issued a customary village regulation banning Dog Meat Trade.

Study research and visit were continued to cover the whole districts and municipality in Bali.

The absence of specific laws hinders the closure visit, therefore in October, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine UNUD, School of Veterinary and Life Science Murdoch University, and Animals International organized Focus Discussion Group “Synchronization, Implementation, and Enforcement of Animal Welfare Law in Bali – Ending the Dog Meat Trade”. A draft framework of animal welfare laws relevant to the Dog Meat Trade was developed and validated by UNUD Legal Team.

Study research and visit were continued.

In April
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine UNUD, School of Veterinary and Life Science Murdoch University, and Animals International organized a seminar of Socialization of Animal Welfare Legal Framework “Ending the Dog Meat Trade in Bali”. The seminar was attended by law enforcement agency (Police, Satpol PP, PPNS) of Provincial and District Level. The attendees jointly declared “Bali free from Dog Meat Trade”. This seminar also resulted a recommendation to Bali Government to establish a Task Force Team and issuing a specific regulation.

The Bali Government responded by the issuance of Instruction Letter banning Dog Meat Trade and Distribution, and establishment of the Task Force Team.

After its establishment, the Task Force Team were actively visited dog meat trade around Bali.  Ongoing Task Force visits were performed to ensure outlets remain closed, deter new ones from opening, and close any that do.

Street feeders, rescuers, and volunteers ‘unofficially’ monitored Dog Meat Trade during COVID-19 pandemic due to movement restrictions that prevented the Task Force from operating. However, the monitoring carried out was also very limited, and the Task Force went onto emergency reporting only.

A post-pandemic assessment of Dog Meat Trade outlets has conducted through-out Bali, and with the re-activated Task Force Team, we start to visit and re-visiting the Dog Meat Trade outlets in whole of Bali.

Supporting Satpol PP of Bali Province in the Formation of Regional Regulations of Public Order (Include the Banning of Dog Meat Trade and Consumption)

Satpol PP community police have introduced an formulation of a new Perda (a regional Regulation with a sanction including up to 3 months’ jail) to make eating and selling dog meat an offence under social order laws that they enforce.

This Perda is really important, and it will give big difference to our movement in eliminate Dog Meat Trade in Bali that we have been working since 2017. It will ban people from not just selling but also consuming dog meat. Where before, people and even religious figures arguing this using cultural ground reason. This will be a big change for Bali and also show Indonesia that the government cares and good collaboration with the government is the right thing to do.

The workshop titles “Stabilization and Equalization of Duties and Functions of Satpol PP in Implementing and Enforcing Regional Regulation and Head-of-Region Regulation related to Animal Welfare includes Rabies and Dog Meat Trade, Distribution and Consumption in Bali” was held on 21 December 2022 in Jembrana District, and on 26 January 2023 in Klungkung District. This workshop targeting Satpol PP in Bali Province and district/municipalities of Bali as an offline attendance and Satpol PP in other Provinces in Indonesia as online attendance.

Animal Welfare Investigation, Education, and Engagement

By combining the legal and scientific approach properly, we have successfully carried out three animal cruelty cases in Bali (case number: 223/PID.B/2019/PN GIN), 223/PID.B/2019/PN GIN, 62/PID/2020/PT DPS, and 98 /PID. R/2021 PN DPS) with a 4th case is ongoing.

Sintesia continues the works under the supervision of the Satpol PP of Bali Province, the Police of Bali Province, and the Military Resort Command 163/Wirasatya, and still continue building a good relationship with stakeholders from several institutions.

“Increasing public awareness of animal health and welfare can be achieved by providing continuous communication to stakeholders, dissemination of information and education to the public. This is strengthened by combining scientific and legal approaches that are carried out properly“

– Sintesia Animalia Indonesia

Emergency Assistance for Animals in Disaster

Indonesia is a country prone to disasters, unfortunately Indonesia does not yet have specific procedures for handling animals during disasters. Sintesia, with support from Animals Australia has been involved in distributing aid to companion and farmed animals in 2 disasters (flood and landslide in Bali, and earthquake in Cianjur, West Java). It is very important for the Indonesian government to start thinking about special prevention and handling procedure during disasters.

“The disaster was heartbreaking; imagining how the victims and their animals went through this condition and struggled to survive. This disaster has separated many people from their families, animals and homes that hold many memories. We saw a lot of destruction but also a lot of gratitude. So, we are glad to be able to share some of what they feel.”

– Sintesia Animalia Indonesia

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