Ricky Gervais has branded the organisers of the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival "disgusting subhumans" and has added his voice to the growing international campaign to ban the annual Chinese festival which celebrates the brutal slaughter of over 10,000 dogs.
The Inquisitr reported earlier this month that organizers of the controversial Yulin Dog Meat Festival have not only ignored a petition of 200,000 people calling for an end to the annual feast of dog flesh, but the notoriously barbaric canine cooking festival has also decided to add cat meat to the menu.
Campaigners have slammed the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, held in the southern province of Guanxi, for not only the consumption of canines but for the terror and pain the poor animals are forced to endure before they finally die.
Dogs and cats are snatched from their family homes before being skinned, boiled and burned alive in what some would call an orgy of sadism to mark the June solstice.
Over the past couple of weeks the hashtag #STOPYULIN2015 has been circulating on social media calling for the Chinese authorities to put an end to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
Ricky Gervais was one of the first to call on his eight million plus Twitter followers to add their voices to the protest.
"They steal people's pets to torture and eat. What would you do to someone who you caught torturing your dog? I hope you'd stop them somehow.After the Humane Society International (HSI) showed Gervais harrowing footage of what exactly happens to the poor dogs and cats stolen to be slaughtered at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, Gervais released a statement expressing how broken-hearted and haunted he was by the look of abject terror in the animal's eyes.
"They believe torturing the dog makes the meat tastier. They beat them, burn them, skin and boil them alive!"
"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."The New York Daily News reported that the HSI is raising funds to intercept trucks filled with dogs, shut down intensive dog meat farms and train officials to enforce laws.
The HSI are also grateful that a global star like Ricky Gervais has done his bit to raise awareness of their campaign to ban the Yulin Dog Meat Festival
"Having the support of a global star like Ricky Gervais always massively elevates an issue and we're hugely grateful for that."Last month the HSI managed to save two cats and two dogs from being slaughtered at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. In acknowledgement of the support of Gervais, they named one of the dogs "Little Ricky," but Gervais has since said that, unless we do more to stop the slaughter, thousands of others will not be so fortunate.
"I cannot imagine anything so dreadful happening to my cat Ollie-I would do anything to protect her.The Independent reports that an activist from animal rights group Guangdong Best Volunteering Centre, who posts online under the name Shan Dai, believes that the Yulin Dog Meat Festival will continue for at least five more years before activist pressure finally forces its closure.
"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."
Until such a time, Shan has voiced a determination to return every year alongside others to protest the event.
"I've seen vendors dragging dogs around before smashing their heads with hammers but not killing them, saying this helps keep the meat more fresh.To help stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, click here.
"As long as this continues, we'll be back every year."