Comedian Ricky Gervais first brought attention to the Yulin Dog Meat Eating Festival, encouraging people to sign a petition to stop it. Cast members from The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars jumped on board, including Ian Somerhalder and Ashley Benson, encouraging their fans to sign the petition.
“Repost this please! I NEED YOU,” Somerhalder posted on his Instagram page. “Sign this NOW please! https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-people-s-republic-of-china-sto… Stop the senseless and barbaric killing of dogs in the streets at the Yulin Dog meat Festival. Beaten, burned and skinned alive in the streets? Is this really happening!? Any Chinese Stars use your power and your voice! Everyone please raise your voice louder than the shrieks of these helpless animals being killed. I’m SO F**KING ANGRY ABOUT THIS. IS THIS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN? IS THIS WHAT OUR CHILDREN SHOULD SEE! RAISE YOUR VOICE AND TELL THE PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA TO STOP THIS! THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IS STANDING TOGETHER WITH THE PEOPLE IN CHINA TO STOP THIS. EXPRESS YOUR VOICE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW AFTER YOUVE SIGNED THIS PETITION. ILL BE LOOKING AT THEM TO TALK YOU ALL. LETS CHANGE THE LAW IN CHINA!”
After Somerhalder posted his plea to fans, his co-star, Paul Wesley, tweeted a link to the petition at change.org. Ashley Benson also tweeted the link with the request to her fans: “Everyone sign this.” She followed that with another Tweet reading, “Help stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. This “Festival” will increase the abduction of strays and pets…” Her tweet was retweeted by the Humane Society.
Benson’s Pretty Little Liars co-star Shay Mitchell retweeted Benson’s link, then added, “The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is disgusting and heartless, and the public slaughter of dogs must be stopped. By signing this petition, you will be urging the President of China to permanently cancel this cruel festival, help save thousands of dogs from a painful death, and encourage the implementation of strict animal welfare laws to help deter this kind of horrific behavior. Please share this so we can put an end to this. https://www.change.org/p/mr-chen-wu-yulin-governor-please-shut-down-the-yulin-dog-meat-festival-in-guangxi-china PLEASE SHARE – THIS HAS TO STOP!”
To sign the petition, go to: https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-people-s-republic-of-china-stop-the-yulin-dog-meat-eating-festival
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