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The thought of eating dog meat is abhorrent in the United States. We consider dogs to be our pets, friends, and family members, not food. However, this is not the case everywhere.

According to Humane Society International (HSI), around 10 million dogs are killed in China for consumption every year and some 10,000 are killed in celebration of the Yulin Dog Meat Festival that happens in June to bring in the summer. While the Yulin festival mascarades as a “tradition,” the reality is that this “celebration” only began in 2010. Consuming dog is a practice that has persisted throughout Asia for hundreds of years, however, according to HSI’s China Specialist Peter Li, “Eating dog meat hasn’t been considered fashionable or decent in China for more than a thousand years.” Yet, thousands of dogs are still being slaughtered.

Thankfully, the public has become increasingly vocal about putting an end to this needless suffering and many celebrities have joined their ranks in support, including Ricky Gervais.

If anyone knows how to get people’s attention, it is Ricky Gervais.

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As an avid animal right activist and all around awesome Green Monster, Gervais has joined HSI in their campaign to shut down the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. To celebrate his support, HSI has named one of the dogs they managed to rescue from slaughter “Little Ricky.”

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“Little ‘Ricky’ and his pals were next in line for killing, until HSI stepped in,” Gervais explains in a press release. “One of the cats was so frightened that she climbed the wall of her cage to try to escape. I cannot imagine anything so dreadful happening to my cat Ollie — I would do anything to protect her. Little Ricky and his pals are the lucky ones. They’re now safe thanks to HSI, but thousands of others won’t be saved unless we do more to stop this.”

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Thousands of people have spoken out against the festival, but many more are needed to send the definitive message to the Yulin government that this cruel celebration needs to end. HSI has launched a petition to China’s Guangxi Party Secretary, Peng Qinghua, in the hopes that this year the government will intervene and end the suffering of hundreds of thousands of dogs.

“I want you to know I have hope,” Gervais stated, “HSI is at the forefront of saving animals from the butcher’s knife, lobbying to get Yulin and other dog meat markets closed for good. And they’re making progress. HSI managed to save the lives of two dogs and two cats who looked as though they’d given up all hope of rescue.”

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We all have the chance to make a difference for the sake of these animals and put an end to an unjustifiable cruel “tradition.”  Using his fame and very distinct voice to spread awareness about the cruelty in the dog meat industry, Gervais has undoubtedly helped to save countless dogs from this horrific fate. You can join him in standing up for dogs in the meat trade by signing HSI’s petition and sharing it with everyone you know. These dogs don’t have a voice, so it is up to us to speak for them.

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20 comments on “Ricky Gervais Wants YOU to Help Shut Down the Yulin Dog Meat Festival”

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c Hopkins
1 Years Ago

Ricky, you do a marvellous job. Please can you help the dogs and cats of South Korea as well.


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Adelaide Gal
2 Years Ago

This man wants to shut down the Yulin Dog Festival, others of us that have made the connection also want to shut down all animals being used for food. Sentience is being declared across the world, we KNOW if we have been priviledged to have had a dog or cat in our lives that they are someOne, we can all be horrified at the dog meat trade. It is time, we all got equally as horrified at the Pig\'s meat trade, the Cow\'s meat and Milk trades, the Hen\'s meat and eggs trades - because they are all the same. They are all SomeOne. If you love animals, that precludes eating them. If you can eat without causing harm, why woudln\'t you? www.vegankit.com


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Adelaide Gal
2 Years Ago

This man wants to shut down the Yulin Dog Festival, others of us that have made the connection also want to shut down all animals being used for food. Sentience is being declared across the world, we KNOW if we have been priviledged to have had a dog or cat in our lives that they are someOne, we can all be horrified at the dog meat trade. It is time, we all got equally as horrified at the Pig\'s meat trade, the Cow\'s meat and Milk trades, the Hen\'s meat and eggs trades - because they are all the same. They are all SomeOne. If you love animals, that precludes eating them. If you can eat without causing harm, why woudln\'t you? www.vegankit.com


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Tamara Hazel
2 Years Ago

I\'m laughing at all the idiots acting like this is the most disgusting, savage crime against nature possible.

You know they\'re stuffing their fat faces with every other animal possible, thinking they\'re any better.

I hope you all choke and die on your BigMac, natural selection at it\'s finest.


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andrew
22 Jun 2015

what a bloody ignorant comment. yes, most countrys treat animals badly, and most people eat meat, but the real issue is that food and fur animals, inc dogs and cats, in the far east and china, SUFFER THE VERY WORST TORTURE AND CRUELTY THAT HAS EVER BEEN INFLICTED ON SENTIENT BIENGS IN THE HISTORY OF THE PLANET.
anybody that thinks this is acceptable is a heartless monster and should be ashamed to called themselves \'human\'.

the reality for a dog or cat in a chinese food or fur market is thus---

1.savagely beaten, then left for days in cages so small that they cannot move, no food or water given.

2.then on the day of slaughter, the terrified animal ( after watching other dogs/cats slaughtered right in front of it ) is pulled from its cage by the neck with long metal prongs or stabbed repeatedly until forced out of cage.

3.then the animal is savagely beaten to get it to release adrenalin, but not enough to kill it because the alien monster peoples of the far east like their animals to be fully conscious before the next horrific step in the slaughter process, which is,

4.SKINNED ALIVE, YES, SKINNED ALIVE, a conscious dog or cat is SKINNED ALIVE, then,

5.the animal is either left to die in agony after the skinning process, or, IT IS THEN PUT INTO BOILING WATER, STILL ALIVE,

6.so skinning alive a defencless dog or cat ( and the myriad of other living creatures the chinese treat in this same brutal fashion, inc endangered species ) is often not enough the satisfy the blood lust of these far eastern alien monsters, they SKIN THE CREATURES ALIVE THEN, and i repeat, THEN, BOIL THEM ALIVE.

the fact that the whole world is not stopping china and the far east from treating living creatures in such an utterly evil and perverse way is testament to the uncaring selfishness and indolence of western politicians and leaders who do nothing to confront china on this issue.

may the human race one day rot in hell and be brought to book for our treatment of the planets other animals, and non more deserving so than the sub human sub species butchers of domesticated dogs and cats in the far east.

andrew
22 Jun 2015

what a bloody ignorant comment. yes, most countrys treat animals badly, and most people eat meat, but the real issue is that food and fur animals, inc dogs and cats, in the far east and china, SUFFER THE VERY WORST TORTURE AND CRUELTY THAT HAS EVER BEEN INFLICTED ON SENTIENT BIENGS IN THE HISTORY OF THE PLANET.
anybody that thinks this is acceptable is a heartless monster and should be ashamed to called themselves \'human\'.

the reality for a dog or cat in a chinese food or fur market is thus---

1.savagely beaten, then left for days in cages so small that they cannot move, no food or water given.

2.then on the day of slaughter, the terrified animal ( after watching other dogs/cats slaughtered right in front of it ) is pulled from its cage by the neck with long metal prongs or stabbed repeatedly until forced out of cage.

3.then the animal is savagely beaten to get it to release adrenalin, but not enough to kill it because the alien monster peoples of the far east like their animals to be fully conscious before the next horrific step in the slaughter process, which is,

4.SKINNED ALIVE, YES, SKINNED ALIVE, a conscious dog or cat is SKINNED ALIVE, then,

5.the animal is either left to die in agony after the skinning process, or, IT IS THEN PUT INTO BOILING WATER, STILL ALIVE,

6.so skinning alive a defencless dog or cat ( and the myriad of other living creatures the chinese treat in this same brutal fashion, inc endangered species ) is often not enough to satisfy the blood lust of these far eastern alien monsters, they SKIN THE CREATURES ALIVE THEN, and i repeat, THEN, BOIL THEM ALIVE.

the fact that the whole world is not stopping china and the far east from treating living creatures in such an utterly evil and perverse way is testament to the uncaring selfishness and indolence of western politicians and leaders who do nothing to confront china on this issue.

may the human race one day rot in hell and be brought to book for our treatment of the planets other animals, and non more deserving so than the sub human sub species butchers of domesticated dogs and cats in the far east.

Colin
2 Years Ago

Single Issue Campaigns are counter-productive to Animal Rights since they are speciesist and so end up hurting more animals:

"Commentary #16: Responding to Questions: Single-Issue Campaigns and MDA Opposition to the Abolitionist Approach":
http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/commentary-16-responding-to-questions

"TAVS Audio, Episode 3, Why Abolitionist Vegans are Opposed to Single Issue Campaigns":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__oszGN5PjM

"Why Not Single Issue Campaigns And Petitions":
http://elated.co.za/why-not-single-issue-campaigns-and-petitions

"Some Thoughts on Why Vegans Criticise Vegans for Promoting Veganism":
http://veganismisnonviolence.com/2014/02/11/criticisingvegans

https://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/welfare-watch

If you are really interested in helping animals, stop the Single-Issue Campaigns and do this instead:
http://legacyofpythagoras.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/create-new-vegans


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Deb Hills
2 Years Ago

I LOVE YOU RICKY GERVAIS!


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gniccky
2 Years Ago

Unbelievable how they treat animals in that horrible place why soooo much VIOLENCE and KILLING ....i hate those moroon men who killed animals ...they should kill to each other and leave DOGS AND CATS ALONE .


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kuromi
2 Years Ago

their problem is their overpopulated. now theyre turning to these poor dogs, those chinky eyed scums should just eat each other. economic n global problem solved


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Kris Tine
2 Years Ago

Indeed, this is all about brutality and toture! Such massacre can NOT be tradition! This only shows how ill and damaged is mind of those killers (Icannot call them neither humans nor people)...


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ANNA MARIA KLINE
2 Years Ago

please shut down the dog festival the poor animals i support HSI COMPLETELY


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