Indonesian authorities recently conducted a significant operation to combat dog meat consumption in their ongoing efforts. During the operation, the police intercepted a truck transporting over 220 dogs destined for the slaughterhouse.

The incident occurred late on Saturday night in Semarang city on the island of Java, as reported by the South China Morning Post. The police detained five members of the truck crew, and they are set to face various charges under animal welfare regulations, potentially leading to a five-year prison sentence.

A police chief informed reporters on Saturday night that they had received information about the operation over the past month, and it was only that night that they successfully thwarted the transportation of 226 dogs.

Indonesia is one of the countries where the sale of dog and cat meat is permitted. However, a growing viral campaign has led to the implementation of local bans on such sales. In August of the previous year, Al Jazeera reported concerns among dog meat sellers in Indonesia about their future following a crackdown on sales.

The owner of a restaurant serving dog meat intended to protest outside the mayor’s office if selling dog meat became illegal. Channel NewsAsia reported in September of the same year that over one million dogs and thousands of cats were slaughtered in Indonesia.

According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, as much as 7% of Indonesians consume dog meat. The recent operation reflects the government’s continued efforts to address the controversial practice and enforce animal welfare regulations.