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    Hollywood joins efforts to stop dog meat trade


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    Oscar winning actress Dame Judi Dench, comedian and actor Ricky Gervais, actor Peter Egan and stars of the international hit series Downton Abbey have joined forces to produce a short film calling on the world to put pressure on the governments to stop the illegal dog meat and skin industries in Thailand.


    Soi Dog Foundation, who have released the film, produced for them in the UK by Environment Films, stated today that they are working hard to made the eating of dogs and the killing for skins illegal.


    John Dalley, Vice President of the foundation stated that, ''In addition to the animal welfare issues surrounding what is, from start to finish, an extremely cruel industry, the trade poses huge issues for human health.


    ''The spread of rabies has been clearly linked to the trade, leading the Vietnamese Government to ban the import of dogs for meat from neighboring countries"


    ''It is also clearly linked to outbreaks of cholera and trichinosis as there is no regulation covering hygiene in any country where the practice exists''.


    The international release of the three minute film is expected to be seen by millions across the world, where the stars are household names.


    Viewers will be asked to sign a petition to the Thai government demanding that the illegal trade in dogs for meat and skin be immediately banned.


    For more information on how to help, please visit:  https://savedogs.soidog.org/petition

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