Singer-actress Karen Mok joins the many celebrities in protest against the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, kicking off this weekend in the mainland prefecture.
The festival, which takes place annually on 21 and 22 June, is in fact the city’s summer solstice festival, where traditionally some 10,000 dogs, and now cats, are slaughtered for consumption.
Speaking to the media at a fashion event yesterday, Karen said that the festival’s tradition of consuming dog meat is unnecessary. ‘This practice of eating cats and dogs should be eliminated. I hope people will not do such a cruel and disturbing thing,’ she adds.
But her remarks drew criticism from netizens in China, saying that she is a ‘slave to dogs’ and had no right to comment on Chinese in China eating dog meat. One netizen even asked her to mind her own business and said that they were not eating their pets.
Celebrities like British comedian Ricky Gervais and singer Leona Lewis have already shown support for the campaign against the festival, tweeting about it using the hashtag #StopYuLin2015 to gather more support.
A petition addressed to the Governor of Yulin Guang Xi Province China has garnered almost 3 million signatures in a bid to stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. To join the petition, go to change.org.
Please sign and RT this petition to stop the inhumane killing of dogs for this dog meat festival! https://t.co/hV8bPRh2NM
— sia (@Sia) June 16, 2015
Stopping the #YulinDogMeatFestival isn’t about objecting to which animals they eat. It’s about the disgusting fuckers skinning them alive.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 10, 2015