Celebs Take on Chinese Dog Meat Festival

Activists use undercover cameras to capture brutality ahead of 10-day event.
5:33 | 06/22/16

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♪ ♪ Matt Damon, and Joaquin Phoenix are joining an outraged Cal calvekad of a-listers taking on k9 rights. Here's Bryan Ross. ♪ ♪ Reporter: It's become a world wide campaign. With its own theme song, street protests, and Hollywood celebrities joining in. We're here asking you to stop the cruelty. Stop the beatings. Stop the burning. Reporter: All aimed at a little known city in China that today, on the summer sole sts, began a week long festival of dogs served up as food. Barbaric. Heinous. Reporter: For the owner of eight dogs and one of the real house wives of Beverly hills. I'm passionate about dogs, just not crazy about -- Reporter: The campaign began when she saw some of the photos that animal activists were able to record. You can never erase those images from your mind once you've seen them. Reporter: For the last six years this Chinese city has been home to the dog meat festival. Restaurants today had signs offering boiled dog meat and dog meat with mashed garlic. Apparently not bothered by the growing uproar over both the idea of eating man's best friend and the gruesome techniques at slaughter houses in the back corners. There's a lot of Chinese activists and my partner, John, is intracted with them. Been here for the past 12 days and about two days before we arrived, we got word that our activists had stopped a dog meat truck. So, we've spent the past week working with the Chinese activists to stabilize the 300 dogs and cats that were rescued from a dog meat truck. Reporter: He says the efforts are starting to have an impact. The festival has been pushed back to what they call dog meat in the street and the brutal slotering is going on more behind the scenes but obviously still going on in back alleys. Reporter: And now it has all been caught on camera by a team of American animal activists who sneaked into dog meat street and found what they described as dog slaughter houses. We use undercover cameras and we're able to obtain footage that hasn't been obtained yet before. Reporter: Wayne Chung and Julie Anne parry provided ABC news with the footage, most of which can't be broadcast under ABC's standards. I was shocked. Breeds that Americans know very well. You walk towards the slaughter house and you just hear screams. Reporter: Many waiting to be killed appear to have collars, they say. There are gangs of men that maraud the streets and will steal dogs off the streets because they know they can get 40, $50 if they ship dothem down for a dog meat festival. Reporter: It's been a tradition in China for centuries. They believe it will bring good luck. It's not wide spread. There are a few pockets where it's still ongoing and they believe dog is healthy for their body. Two of the men picked up metal poles and were hitting them in their hands and I remember sitting next to Wayne thinking this might be where I die. Reporter: The activists also found farms outside the city where dogs are being raised for slaughter. Under Chinese law, it is legal to sell dog meat and in a statement, the Chinese government called it the food preference of individuals. It said the local government has never supported or organized any so-called dog meat festival. But they said local authorities took them into custody. They originally threatened to charge us with espionage. They released us after two days of intearigation. Reporter: But before they were deported, they were able to rescue some dogs and leaving other dogs they'd seen to a darker fate. I had to watch this dog, knowing I would watch footage of him the next day being beaten death. The fact I couldn't take him out was one of the most difficult things in my life. Reporter: They're called the boys by the animal activists. Leading a life safe from the slaughter house. Living here in Beverly hills, there are people emrsed in this every day and fighting against it and the only way you can implement change is by making noise and that's what we're doing. Reporter: ABC news. Next, the children of Donald

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