Travel: Ricky Gervais opposes China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival

(From Huffington Post)

Ricky Gervais has used one of the most offensive words in the English language to silence an animal welfare detractor and simultaneously draw attention to a cause close to his heart, in an act of comedy gold. ‘

The tradition of dog meat consumption began over 400 years ago in China. Many believed that dog meat would help ward off the heat felt through the summer months.

The tradition of dog meat consumption began over 400 years ago in China. Many believed that dog meat would help ward off the heat felt through the summer months.

The comedian and animal-lover on Sunday urged his followers to sign a petition against China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival and to tweet a pet selfie in support, which dozens of people did.

According to Humane Society International, thousands of dogs – many of them stolen pets – are captured and transported over long distances under horrific conditions to Yulin, a city in China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region for the festival that takes place in June. They are then held in crowded cages before being tortured and killed.

Last year, international pressure led Yulin authorities to withdraw their support for the festival, but it went ahead anyway in what was said to be a less subdued way.

Authorities have said the festival won’t go ahead this year, but the Humane Society suggests dog meat traders will continue to stage the event. Read More



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