Ricky Gervais is backing an animal rights campaign to shut down China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The actor and comedian is urging people to get behind Humane Society International(HSI) as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival is due to begin next week.

Up to 10 million dogs are believed to be killed for their meat in China every year and the festival claims the lives of 10,000 canines and cats, many of which are reportedly stolen pets still wearing their collars.

Gervais, who is well-known for taking a firm stance against animal cruelty, is asking people to sign the petition against the festivalThe 53-year-old urged: “My friends at Humane Society International are working tirelessly to end this cruel trade all over Asia, and they desperately need your help. “I’ve seen the footage that HSI has captured on video, and it breaks my heart.

“I will never forget the look of bewilderment and fear on the faces of these poor animals—the dogs and cats await a horrible fate. No animal deserves to be treated like this.”

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The animals are taken from China’s streets ahead of the festival, which was created in 2010 by dog meat traders as a means of boosting business.

Footage filmed by HSI investigators show that slaughter preparations are well underway for Monday’s festival, which officials in the area now reportedly deny will take place. Gervais has gained increasing support from his followers for the cause.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/

 

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