Monkeys, bats and snakes are sold alongside cats and dogs at 'extreme market' ...

Graphic pictures have laid bare the cruel trade in dogs, cats and rare animals at a notorious meat market in northern Indonesia. 

Tomohon Extreme Market, located on the island of Sulawesi, is well-known for cruelty towards animals including cats and dogs which are kept in small cages before being beaten to death and sold.

Norwegian Alf Jacob Nilsen, 64, visited the market and said he felt the abuse was being put on by workers as part of a twisted performance meant to lure in tourists.

Alf Jacob Nilsen, 64, a retired biologist and photographer from Norway, visited Tomohon Extreme Market, in northern Indonesia, which is notorious for selling endangered species such as bats (pictured) alongside cat and dog meat

Alf Jacob Nilsen, 64, a retired biologist and photographer from Norway, visited Tomohon Extreme Market, in northern Indonesia, which is notorious for selling endangered species such as bats (pictured) alongside cat and dog meat

The bats - known across Asia and Australia as flying foxes - are killed before being blow-torched to remove the fur and then sold, both as carcasses (bottom right) with the wings sold separately (top)

The bats - known across Asia and Australia as flying foxes - are killed before being blow-torched to remove the fur and then sold, both as carcasses (bottom right) with the wings sold separately (top)

Dogs and cats displayed for sale at the market after being torched to remove their fur. Animal welfare campaigners have long called for the market to be shut down over the trade, which they say is cruel and relies on pets stolen from owners

Dogs and cats displayed for sale at the market after being torched to remove their fur. Animal welfare campaigners have long called for the market to be shut down over the trade, which they say is cruel and relies on pets stolen from owners

Flying foxes with their wings removed lay on a stall to be sold at the market. Tomohon used to be listed as a top destination to visit on the island of Sulawesi until animal rights campaigners had it removed

Flying foxes with their wings removed lay on a stall to be sold at the market. Tomohon used to be listed as a top destination to visit on the island of Sulawesi until animal rights campaigners had it removed

A market trader smoking a cigarette weighs dogs to be sold. Mr Nilsen described the experience of visiting the market as 'terrible', and said he felt like traders put on the cruelty in a bid to attract tourists

A market trader smoking a cigarette weighs dogs to be sold. Mr Nilsen described the experience of visiting the market as 'terrible', and said he felt like traders put on the cruelty in a bid to attract tourists

The retired biologist and amateur photographer, from Hidra, Norway, said: 'I must admit I had mixed feelings being at the market - it is very hard to describe.

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

Many monkey species are protected under Indonesian law and as such cannot be hunted for food, and yet at Tomohon market they are readily found for sale

Many monkey species are protected under Indonesian law and as such cannot be hunted for food, and yet at Tomohon market they are readily found for sale

'The treatment and killing of dogs the way it happens in Tomohon now should from my point of view definitely stop.

'Not only because the poor animals are

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