Dog loving celebrities Alesha Dixon, Professor Green and Will Young have taken a stand and spoken out in support of the #StopYulin campaign urging China to end the festival and the cruel dog meat trade, which sees more than 10 million dogs killed every year across China.

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Most people in China don’t eat dogs, and as the Yulin festival approaches, protests and candlelit vigils are expected to take place across the country. On 14 May in China’s city of Dalian, 100,000 people protested against the Yulin festival. Dog lovers in cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Dalian are increasingly angered by dog thieves who steal their pets for the meat trade.

Claire Bass, executive director of HSI/UK, said: “We hope to gather millions of signatures against the grisly Yulin festival. Across the world, people are uniting to urge Xi Jingping to direct resources to end the cruel and largely illegal dog meat trade. Our call for action will only get stronger, as we stand united with our Chinese partner groups in saying we must #StopYulin.”

You can support the #StopYulin campaign by sharing and signing HSI’s #StopYulin petition at

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