A South Tyneside charity boss has received messages of support from across the globe after joining an international crusade to end a “cruel and barbaric” Chinese festival which has seen thousands of dogs slaughtered.
The annual Yulin Dog Meat festival has attracted global condemnation, with celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Duffy and Dame Judi Dench leading calls for its practices to be shut down.
It is cruel, barbaric and inhumane - and it needs to stop now.Tony Carlisle
Up to 10,000 dogs and cats are believed to have been slaughtered and then eaten at the finale of the festival on Monday.
Mr Carlisle, who has organised the annual charity extravaganza for 25 years, handed out thousands of leaflets about the campaign from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), at this month’s silver anniversary walk, which saw a record-breaking 26,423 dogs take part.
The former Harton Technology College PE teacher, said: “It is cruel, barbaric and inhumane – and it needs to stop now.
“Ten thousand dogs is almost half of the dog walk entry list. People can’t believe the sheer horror of the festival.
“I have received emails of support from all over the world, including support from China, as not everyone there is in favour of the festival.”
Residents are being urged to petition the British Ambassador to China, to call for the festival to be shut down by visiting www.ifaw.org/united-kingdom/get-involved/help-end-annual-mass-slaughter-and-consumption-dogs-yulin