1-hour drive away from the city of Monado, in North Sulawesi, is Tomohon Market, one of the world’s most macabre meat markets.
Everything from Dog, Cat, Rat, Bat and even Python are easily purchasable for a reasonable price at the Tomohon Market.
Popular YouTube channel Best Ever Food Review Show dives straight into the heart of the market, in a video that has 3.5 million views in 5 days. What makes it interesting is the absence of a condescending tone. The presenter states:
“My purpose in this video is not to support or condemn these people and what they do, but to show reality.”
The Tomohon Market and its practices have existed since the town has been around. Adapting to modern tastes isn’t a quick process.
That being said, there have been success stories in transforming the attitudes of the merchants and consumers. After authorities implemented a Rp. 5 million fine for anyone selling monkeys, the practice has ceased altogether.
Perhaps there is hope for the doggies yet!
Watch this fascinating investigation into one of the craziest meat markets in the world:
(WARNING: Not for the faint-hearted)