New evidence has shown that Australian tourists in Bali are unknowingly consuming dog meat.
According to documents sent to the ABC’s 7:30 program by an Animals Australia investigation, the meat is sourced from animals that are brutally slaughtered not far from some of Bali’s most popular beaches.
A leading toxicologist said those consuming the meat were risking their health as some of the animals are being poisoned.
Although dog meat is legal in Bali, Animals Australia's campaign director Lyn White said killing animals cruelly or eating contaminated meat is against the law.
"The dog-meat trade breaches animal cruelty laws and food safety laws. That is a statement of fact," Ms White said.
"Dog meat is essentially filtering into the tourist food chain [in Bali]."
Part of the investigation shows a street vendor admitting to selling dog meat behind 66 Beach in the tourist area of Seminyak, in southern Bali.
AA investigator: "What is that you're selling?"
Vendor: "Dog satay."
AA investigator: "This is why you have a picture of a dog here?"
Vendor: "Yeah, yeah."
But Australian tourists are told a different story when they ask if it is dog meat?
Vendor: "Satay just $1."
Australian: "Mystery bag. What is, chicken?"
Australian: "Satay chicken, not dog?"
Vendor: "No, not dog."
Australian: "I'm happy just as long as it's not dog."
Ms White said tourists are ordering satay without a clue they're eating dog.
"Tourists will walk down a street, they'll see a street store selling satay but what they are not realising is the letters RW on the store mean it is dog meat being served," Ms White said.
Some specialty eateries also serve dog meat in Bali.
Images Animals Australia