The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival – commonly known as the Yulin Dog Meat Festival – is no doubt one of the most controversial public events in China. Held in the Guangxi Zhuang region, the tradition of eating dog meat at the annual celebration has attracted immense attention from local and international media alike. Throughout the years, there have been consistent protests and petitions from animal rights groups calling for the infamous event to be cancelled. In their own ways, these five Chinese celebrity dog owners have not only expressed their love for their pets, but have also taken a stand against the festival. Chinese celebs sold face masks online during coronavirus – what next? Sun Li View this post on Instagram A post shared by ⛱️ (@lovemengmeng_) on Oct 16, 2019 at 7:04pm PDT When she’s not busy reigning as the country’s “Queen of Television”, Chinese actress Sun Li allots her time and effort to rescuing abandoned dogs. She hasn’t only been vocal about her objection to eating dog meat, but spoke out against wearing fur materials as well. Sun Li was once the face of Peta Asia’s anti-fur campaign. 10 Chinese celebrities from Malaysia and Singapore who are stars in China Chen Kun As if his fans still need another reason to adore him, Chinese pop star Chen Kun has time and again expressed his care and support for his pet dogs and the rest of their kind online. The Love Story in Shanghai actor used his Weibo account to promote a discussion pushing for the cancellation of the festival. Fan Bingbing View this post on Instagram A post shared by FanBingbing FansPage|范冰冰官方粉丝团 (@fanbingbing_official) on Jul 24, 2015 at 4:19am PDT One of the highest-paid celebrities in China, Fan Bingbing also has a soft spot for furry friends. Aside from her beloved cats, she has been photographed before with her French bulldog and her brown poodle. Fan Bingbing’s top 5 most iconic film and TV roles The Chinese superstar appeared on an online video that criticised the cruelty of slaughtering dogs. Zhao Liying View this post on Instagram A post shared by Zhao LiYing 赵丽颖 (@zhaoliying_fanpage) on Sep 8, 2019 at 5:04am PDT The Story of Minglan star Zhao Liying loves serving real cuteness on Weibo with photos of her and furball Mao Qiu. Together with other local and international celebrities, the award-winning actress has proclaimed her opposition to the Yulin Dog Meat Festival on social media. Coronavirus: which celebrities are donating money to fight the deadly disease? Yang Mi View this post on Instagram A post shared by 杨幂新加坡粉絲頁 (@yangmiii_fanpage) on May 1, 2020 at 12:06am PDT One of the New Four Dan actresses and popular singer Yang Mi proved she’s more than her hit television shows and songs. With more than 100 million followers on Weibo, the fashion icon also made appeals online to stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival saying, “The loyalty of dogs to people exceeds my imagination. I treat dogs as friends. I don’t eat dog meat. I oppose the use of dog meat as food. Doggies are kind-hearted, don’t eat them!!” Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .