Ricky Gervais slams ‘horrible’ China dog meat festival, saying it ‘breaks my heart’ to see animals suffer 19:33, 16 Jun 2015 Updated 19:42, 16 Jun 2015 By Ruth Halkon The comedian has joined forces with the Humane Society International to put an end to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival

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Festival: Yulin locals eat dog meat on the street during the Dog-eating festival in “Dog-eating Street” in Yulin

They are then packed into wire cages without food or water before being brutally killed.

Gervais said it “breaks my heart” to see the bewildered faces of the tortured animals after watching footage of the conditions they are kept in.

He said: “My friends at Humane Society International are working tirelessly to end this cruel trade all over Asia, and they desperately need your help.

“I’ve seen the footage that HSI has captured on video, and it breaks my heart.

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Brutal: Dogs are packed tightly into cages

“I will never forget the look of bewilderment and fear on the faces of these poor animals – the dogs and cats await a horrible fate.

“No animal deserves to be treated like this.”

The society is asking supporters to sign its petition to China’s Guangxi Party Secretary Peng Qinghua.

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Stolen: Some of the animals are pets taken from their owners

It has also named a rescued dog Ricky after the Office star.

The society claims up to 10million dogs a year are slaughtered in China to fuel the appetite for their flesh, although it insists many Chinese oppose the barbaric practice.

It also claims the Yulin Festifal, which takes place in Guangxi province is not actually traditional but was invented five years ago by dog meat traders to boost Business. …http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ricky-gervais-slams-horrible-china-5894786#ICID=sharebar_facebook

China's gruesome annual Meat Festival