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May 03, 2016 06:35 PM

China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival continues for another year, and once again Ricky Gervais is speaking out against the practice. 

According to the Humane Society International thousands of dogs, many stolen pets, are sent under strenuous conditions to Yulin, a city in China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region. There, the canines are cramped in tiny, dirty cages without food or water until they are killed for consumption at the festival. 

HSI is determined to end the festival, and Gervais has used his star power to spread the word. The comedian recently Tweeted out a photo of himself kissing a puppy, pleading with followers to sign a petition against the festival and to share their own loving pet photos. 

Tweet a #petselfie to help @HSIGlobal #StopYulin #dogmeat festival and sign their petition: https://t.co/1DXEbwAcuJ pic.twitter.com/3jDqHskw99

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 1, 2016

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Petitions against the festival have worked in the past. Last year, the HSI and other international charities got enough attention through their work to have Yulin authorities denounce the practice, but the festival still continues amongst traders, even without official clearance. 

#StopYulin https://t.co/1KkVDrwJwC

— Kate Mara (@katemara) April 6, 2016

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The song and visuals @leonalewis @Diane_Warren
Are an incredible motivation to #stopyulin forever
I thank you both.

— Lisa Vanderpump (@LisaVanderpump) April 30, 2016

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In hopes of banishing the festival all together, numerous celebrities have joined HSI’s cause along with Gervais. Stars supporting the end of Yulin’s tragic tradition include Kate Mara and Lisa Vanderpump.

To sign HSI’s petition against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, click here

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