Dog meat and dead monkeys on sale in gruesome market in Indonesia

Alf Jacob Nilsen, 64, was horrified by the meat being sold (Picture: Alf Jacob Nilsen/ Solent News & Photo Agency)
Alf Jacob Nilsen, 64, was horrified by the meat being sold (Picture: Alf Jacob Nilsen/ Solent News & Photo Agency)
A shocked photographer has shared photos of dead dogs, bats, snakes and monkeys for sale on a Indonesian market. Alf Jacob Nilsen, 64, came across the stall during a visit to Tomohon Village in Northern Sulawei, where the animals are displayed.

He described seeing shoppers inspect the animals they wished to purchase, even lifting them up to try and find the best meat available.

Many of the creatures had been beaten to death, he said.

The retired biologist continued: ‘I must admit I had mixed feelings being at the market – it is very hard to describe.

Pictured: A dog for sale at the market. The market from hell? A food market shows off rows upon rows of dead animals, some of which have been beaten to death. Dogs and chickens can be seen lined up with their mouths hanging wide open. Shoppers even pick up some of the dogs and bats as they look for the best on the market. Retired biologist and amateur photographer Alf Jacob Nilsen took the shocking pictures of the market during a visit to Tomohon Village in Northern Sulawei, Indonesia. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS. Please byline: Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News ? Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News & Photo Agency UK +44 (0) 2380 458800
Dogs are killed for their meat in Indonesia (Picture: Alf Jacob Nilsen/ Solent News & Photo Agency)
Pictured: Flying foxes (bats) for sale at the market. The market from hell? A food market shows off rows upon rows of dead animals, some of which have been beaten to death. Dogs and chickens can be seen lined up with their mouths hanging wide open. Shoppers even pick up some of the dogs and bats as they look for the best on the market. Retired biologist and amateur photographer Alf Jacob Nilsen took the shocking pictures of the market during a visit to Tomohon Village in Northern Sulawei, Indonesia. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS. Please byline: Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News ? Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News & Photo Agency UK +44 (0) 2380 458800
The retired biologist saw shoppers inspecting the meat (Picture: Alf Jacob Nilsen/ Solent News & Photo Agency)
Pictured: Flying foxes (bats) for sale at the market. The market from hell? A food market shows off rows upon rows of dead animals, some of which have been beaten to death. Dogs and chickens can be seen lined up with their mouths hanging wide open. Shoppers even pick up some of the dogs and bats as they look for the best on the market. Retired biologist and amateur photographer Alf Jacob Nilsen took the shocking pictures of the market during a visit to Tomohon Village in Northern Sulawei, Indonesia. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS. Please byline: Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News ? Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News & Photo Agency UK +44 (0) 2380 458800
Animal rights campaigners have previously tried to shut down the market (Picture: Alf Jacob Nilsen/ Solent News & Photo Agency)

‘Hundreds of locals were offering bush meat, dog meat, bats, chickens and fish for sale.

‘The treatment and killing of dogs the way it happens in Tomohon now should from my point of view definitely stop.thumbnail for post ID 10007493Man didn't realize wife 'had hidden son, 10, in closet for 3 years and was starving him'

‘Not only because the poor animals are treated in a most brutal way and definitely suffer, but also because there must clearly be a risk of spreading parasites and serious diseases when dealing with dogs and dog meat in this way.

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‘It is terrible to see caged stray dogs being pulled out of their cage and hammered to death with wooden batons.

‘I did get a feeling that in one way this was done almost as an attraction to lure in more tourists.

Pictured: Monkeys for sale at the market. The market from hell? A food market shows off rows upon rows of dead animals, some of which have been beaten to death. Dogs and chickens can be seen lined up with their mouths hanging wide open. Shoppers even pick up some of the dogs and bats as they look for the best on the market. Retired biologist and amateur photographer Alf Jacob Nilsen took the shocking pictures of the market during a visit to Tomohon Village in Northern Sulawei, Indonesia. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS. Please byline: Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News ? Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News & Photo Agency UK +44 (0) 2380 458800
Monkey meat was also available (Picture: Alf Jacob Nilsen/ Solent News & Photo Agency)
Pictured: Dogs for sale at the market. The market from hell? A food market shows off rows upon rows of dead animals, some of which have been beaten to death. Dogs and chickens can be seen lined up with their mouths hanging wide open. Shoppers even pick up some of the dogs and bats as they look for the best on the market. Retired biologist and amateur photographer Alf Jacob Nilsen took the shocking pictures of the market during a visit to Tomohon Village in Northern Sulawei, Indonesia. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS. Please byline: Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News ? Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News & Photo Agency UK +44 (0) 2380 458800
The animals are often beaten to death (Picture: Alf Jacob Nilsen/ Solent News & Photo Agency)
Pictured: Snakes for sale at the market. The market from hell? A food market shows off rows upon rows of dead animals, some of which have been beaten to death. Dogs and chickens can be seen lined up with their mouths hanging wide open. Shoppers even pick up some of the dogs and bats as they look for the best on the market. Retired biologist and amateur photographer Alf Jacob Nilsen took the shocking pictures of the market during a visit to Tomohon Village in Northern Sulawei, Indonesia. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS. Please byline: Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News ? Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News & Photo Agency UK +44 (0) 2380 458800
Snakes were on-sale nearby (Picture: Alf Jacob Nilsen/ Solent News & Photo Agency)

‘Another aspect that worried me a lot when I was there was I believed I was seeing endangered species offered for sale such as monkeys, bats, birds, snakes and other reptiles.’

Tomohon market operates with the blessing of regional authorities, despite animal rights campaigners vocalising their concerns.

The animals are often locked in tiny cages, before being beaten to death with large pieces of wood.

Their bodies are then blow-torched to remove any fur before they are sold.

Pictured: Chickens for sale at the market. The market from hell? A food market shows off rows upon rows of dead animals, some of which have been beaten to death. Dogs and chickens can be seen lined up with their mouths hanging wide open. Shoppers even pick up some of the dogs and bats as they look for the best on the market. Retired biologist and amateur photographer Alf Jacob Nilsen took the shocking pictures of the market during a visit to Tomohon Village in Northern Sulawei, Indonesia. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS. Please byline: Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News ? Alf Jacob Nilsen/Solent News & Photo Agency UK +44 (0) 2380 458800
Chicken laid out on a stall in the market (Picture: Alf Jacob Nilsen/ Solent News & Photo Agency)
Last August, Indonesia agreed to issue a regulation banning the trade in dog meat and exotic animals amid concerns over the spread of rabies.

However, they have given no time frame for it to be issued or come into effect.

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Several regions such as Central Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, North Sumatra and North Sulawesi still sell dog meat at street food stalls and restaurants.