Famous Hollywood stars have called on to put an end to the notorious Yulin dog eating festival in China, an annual event that started Tuesday.
The animal welfare group Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation has released a series of videos showing Hollywood celebrities who joined to finally stop this form of animal cruelty. Star Matt Damon is urging the public to do what they can to contribute to the cause.
Along with Damon, celebrities such as Joaquin Phoenix, Pamela Anderson, Kate Mara and singer/songwriter Sia also pleaded for a concerted voice against the festival.
“Our foundation’s mission is to shine a light on this very dark and barbaric practice. To expose the torture to the world in order to enact change and force the government to create laws to protect these precious animals from unfounded and cruel tradition,” the group said in a statement.
UK’s Leona Lewis has also stepped up and joined those who openly criticize animal cruelty in China. Another group, the Vanderpump Dog Foundation, released the song “(We Are All) Looking for a Home,” to call for solidarity in brining their voice heard, the Shanghaiist reported.
A separate report from the Daily Express revealed that around 15,000 dogs will be butchered in the annual dog eating festival in Yulin that would run for 10 days beginning Tuesday.
Mimi Bekhechi, chief of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said that regardless which type, there should be no animal that would suffer and die as food.
“During the festival, up to 15,000 dogs will be bludgeoned and gutted. Whether a dog, a pig, a chicken or a fish, no animal wants to suffer and die for our plates. We urge everyone to condemn the slaughter of animals for meat,” Bekhechi was quoted as saying by Daily Express.
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