Actress and dog lover Kate Mara is standing shoulder to shoulder with the millions of dog owners around the world who have spoken out about their disgust at the Yulin festival.

As dog lovers, we know China’s dogs are relying on our voices to save their lives. We have joined together to spread the word on social media, signed petitions asking China to ban (which China’s embassy in the UK refused to accept), and taken part in protests refusing to accept that this barbaric event should still be a part of China’s modern history, yet the 2016 10-day event began yesterday (21st June). But we cannot lose hope, we have to continue.

Speaking as part of a new campaign by the Animal Hope and Wellness Project and its founder Marc Ching, the actress has been joined by fellow actress Alicia Silverstone, Real Housewives’ star Lisa Vanderpump and actors Matt Damon, Joaquín Phoenix, who have banded together to fight against the Yulin dog meat festival.

Ms Mara, whose own two dogs (pictured below) regularly feature on her social media, said, “I stand by Marc Ching and all his heroic efforts to put a stop to the Yulin dog meat festival. As human beings, it is our moral obligation to do everything in our power to stop this mindless abuse. We cannot stand by in silence. We must use our voices to end this nightmare.”

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Watch the celebrities ask for your help in spreading the word to help stop this barbaric, cruel and needless event taking place.

Share your support for the campaign using the hashtag is #thecompassionproject, you can tweet your support, and you can follow the cause on


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