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This June, China will hold its annual Yulin Meat Festival. Despite outrage from many citizens and the international community – including about four million people from around the world who signed an online petition – the festival is slated to happen on June 21. With an estimated 300 dogs killed every day in preparation for the festival.

But people aren’t letting this slip by. Notably, actor and comedian Ricky Gervais has taken a stand with Humane Society International to stop this cruel industry.

In a poignant Facebook post, Ricky wrote, “The dogs are tortured to ‘make the meat tastier.’ They are also skinned and boiled alive. It’s not a food festival. It’s Hell.”

These Photos of the Yulin Meat Festival Will Inspire You To Stand With Ricky Gervais

And hell it is, indeed. HSI’s China Policy Specialist, Dr. Peter Li, documented the atrocities of the trade.

These Photos of the Yulin Meat Festival Will Inspire You To Stand With Ricky Gervais

While visiting the slaughterhouses, Dr. Li witnessed dogs and cats in tiny cages, beat to death with metal rods, and blood filling the holding pens.  

These Photos of the Yulin Meat Festival Will Inspire You To Stand With Ricky Gervais

Some of the slaughterhouses are located right near elementary schools. There’s no doubt they can hear the yelps of the dogs.

These Photos of the Yulin Meat Festival Will Inspire You To Stand With Ricky Gervais

Dr. Li wrote, “The dogs and cats I saw were visibly traumatized, their spirits broken from their terrifying ordeal. It’s hard to imagine their mental suffering, watching other dogs being killed, disemboweled and dismembered in front of them.”

These Photos of the Yulin Meat Festival Will Inspire You To Stand With Ricky Gervais

“And it is apparent from the volume of dogs, and animals wearing pet collars, that Yulin remains a hub for dog and cat theft. It is astonishing that this illegal and cruel trade is tolerated,” he said

These Photos of the Yulin Meat Festival Will Inspire You To Stand With Ricky Gervais

“It was like a scene from a nightmare that will haunt me forever.”

These Photos of the Yulin Meat Festival Will Inspire You To Stand With Ricky Gervais

Let’s join Ricky Gervais, Dr. Li and Humane Society International to #StopYulin.

How Can You Help?

First and foremost, educating yourself and others about the dangers associated with eating dog meat is critical to bringing an end to this practice. Humane Society International has a wealth of information and resources to help and they also run large campaigns encouraging country leaders to take action to ban the trade altogether. Many people are not aware of the cruel practices and dangers or even the existence of the dog meat trade, so your best course of action is to educate yourself and others to expose the truth of this industry – share this article to get started!

Finally, it’s important to recognize that these dogs, who want to live a happy and free life, are no different than the pigs and cows that we raise for meat here in the U.S. If we could all see the animals around us as complex, emotional beings, instead of mindless commodities, the world would be a much kinder place.

If you would like to support the amazing work of Humane Society International, visit their page here.

All Image Source: Humane Society International

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99 comments on “These Photos of the Yulin Meat Festival Will Inspire You To Stand With Ricky Gervais and #StopYulin”

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Wendell Catanddogs
1 Years Ago

What are you personally doing to stop this abuse? Just complaining or sharing dose nothing! Just being a vegan or vegetarian is not enough. Are you personally writing snail mail letters that make a difference and are not deleted with a key stroke? Are you calling the Embassies of these countries yourself and making a civilized complaint? Are you boycotting all products made by these countries? If you personally are not doing thess things you are doing nothing and watching if happen.


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Katie Needham
1 Years Ago

So many Vegans here have to lighten up on what we are doing to the farm animals...most know and have made a stand against eating meat on this site. A lot of people don't know about the Yulin Festival and are being educated and it opens their eyes to all animals. Stop condemning meat eaters and be an example and educate. I was a meat eater and was taught by example and love. If you look down your nose you will not save any animals. Period.


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Kieran Baldwin
1 Years Ago

I'd like to think thatall animals giving their lives for food are well treated prior to their deaths,but this gruesome event is disgusting.


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Theron L. Hayes
1 Years Ago

Thanks Ricky, now stop eating animals so I can take you serious


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Pamela Ray
1 Years Ago

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Brenda Bergeron Lee
1 Years Ago

END THIS PRACTICE!!!!


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Victoria Szuch
1 Years Ago

Yes, this is comparable to the slaughter of other animals in other countries...HOWEVER...this festival is a brief event. This goes on EVERY DAMN DAY and not just in China! Korea, Cambodia to name a few. These dogs are tortured far beyond most of our worst nightmares. Why? Because they believe the meat is better. Please follow and support Marc Ching of The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation. He is teaming up to obtain the most shocking footage while also saving as many as he can. He hopes to present this to governments to establish laws and punishments to those that do this. He has put his own life on the line several times. This is where the change happens! You can follow him and/or his foundation on FB. And yes, I'm vegan.


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Gail Ferriera
1 Years Ago

Eating any meat has an end result of the animal being murdered. I won't be a part of it. I hope Ricky can make a difference for these dogs.


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Ramona Arnold
1 Years Ago

No.The difference is the evolution of domestication we have bred into dogs and cats to uniquely interact and live with man.There is a difference, like it or not.


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Thomas Wood
1 Years Ago

This just has to stop.


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