Celebrity Endorsement and Support
Andrea Erika Gruber
Opera Singer- ''It would be an honour to do anything I can to help you in this most important cause.''
Opera Singer- ''Butchering dogs is like killing friends...it pains me to the core. Bravo to Robert Donkers for all his efforts!''
Opera Singer- ''[The dog meat trade] is barbarism, unjust and cruel.. Enough of this horror!''
Opera Singer- ''How can people consider murdering and torturing these faithful animals? I'm very grateful for the work that 'walking to save dogs' is doing, they have my full support.''
Bonnie Jill Laflin
NBA Sportscaster- Pictured with Her dog Jaclyn, whom she rescued from the meat trade in Japan. ''Dogs should never suffer and die for their meat. I urge governments to work diligently and quickly towards eradicating this cruel and unnecessary practice''
Opera Singer- ''I believe that the dog meat trade is disgusting and will do whatever it takes to stop it from occurring''
Pianist- ''I am so happy that there are people like Robert who take it upon themselves to speak and act for the voiceless.''
Actor- ''I express my support for Robert with joy. These are my dogs Dougie and Stanley. I wouldn't put them on my menu...much the same as my children.''
Diana Van Der Wal
Novelist- "This is me with Boef, my first dog.My dogs came from rescue centres as I do not support excessive breeding. I can’t bear animals suffering, it horrifies me and I can not imagine eating my dearest friends, the dog meat trade must be stopped."
Opera Singer- ''The dog meat trade not only results in the cruel mistreatment of the animals, but also spreads disease and fosters crime. It is cruel and barbaric. It must be stopped. Thanks to Rob for his effort in bringing this scourge to and end and for giving me the chance to participate in this small way. ''
Founder of the Healing Animals organisation- ''I hugely respect Robert and his quest to end the dog meat trade and his relentless pursuit of justice for all dogs.''
Opera Singer- ''The unconditional love dogs give is an example to mankind. Thank you Robert that you are fighting to save dogs. The dog meat trade is absolutely cruel and barbaric and has to be stopped. You are a hero!''
Opera Singer- ''I had a very demanding Opera career without the myth of eating meat... every day there are more people like us''
Opera Singer- ''The thought of eating dog meat truly breaks my heart''
Novelist- ''Who would harm, let alone butcher, such compassionate and intelligent creatures? I wish Robert every luck in his endeavours to bring awareness to the dreadful dog meat trade.''
Footballer- ''I'm completely committed to the charity work that Robert Donkers is doing in the fight against dog cruelty. As a dog lover myself I'm in full of support of his fantastic efforts''
Opera Singer- ''I am completely against the dog meat trade and find it cruel and barbaric. My dog Horace is a Plott Hound, a rescue from Pupstarz Rescue in Tenness. I adopted him when my father died from pancreatic cancer in 2011. Horace has been my emotional support and had accompanied me during my travels as an opera singer to New York, Los Angeles, Florida and Pittsburgh. He is an amazing companion who changed my life for the better!''
Opera Singer- ''I wholeheartedly support Robert's project and having walked from John O'Groats to Land's End I am full of admiration for his energy and commitment.''
Artist- ''I only recently became aware of the horrific reality and mind-boggling scale of the dog meat trade. It depresses me to see how other fellow human beings can be so arrogant and self-ingratiating toward other sentient beings''
Tenor and Conductor- Laurence has rescued his own dogs as well as sheep, goats and horses. ''This is barbaric and indecent as are the conditions in which these animals are kept before their slaughter. This should stop alongside cruelty to all animals, domestic and wild''
Opera Singer- ''The purity of heart and an altruistic loyalty with which dogs treat their human companions are traits I have seen in my pet and guide dogs alike. The fact that they are being tortured, killed, and eaten is unconscionable to me, considering they would gladly lay down their lives for the very people who would hurt them.''
Opera Singer- ''Gizzi is a Prager Rattler who came into my life in a moment of crisis. Gigi presence put things in perspective and gave life a new meaning. Gizzi means very thing and more than that to me. The dog meat trade makes me feel disgusted, sad and scared. How can people do this when we receive so much love from these little Angels? Thank you Robert''
Actress- ''My dachshund London is my world, my heart, and my living soul. She has saved my life, because of her my PTSD is under control. I can breathe when I am with her.''
Author and Guardian Fiction prize winner- ''Robert's passion for the campaign against this horrifying trade has won me over.''
Actress, comedian, activist- ''I want to thank Robert for alerting me to the fact that this is happening. I truly had no idea. The more I learn. the more my heart breaks''
Actress and Voice Actress- ''Dogs are to be revered and loved, not tortured. As global citizens we must top this trade.''
Opera Singer- ''The idea of the dog meat trade is simply revolting. How can you treat such gentle souls in such a barbaric way?''
Prof. Lucy Bland
Professor of Social and Cultural studies at Anglia Ruskin University- ''The dog meat trade is inhumane and incredibly cruel. How can people kill and eat the creatures that are human's best friends?''
Opera Singer- ''Like you, I also want to stop Yulin and [people] eating dogs.''
Opera Singer- ''Dogs are a gift of love to mankind. Destroying them is like destroying love! It is an abomination to use them as a source of food''
Opera Singer- ''How can you eat this masterpiece of love?... Cruelty and thinking that animals do not have feelings shows a lack of civilization and education."
Opera Singer- ''I ask myself; “How can one not love and respect these creatures, why kill them?” Thank you for defending man’s best friend. Every living being must be respected."
Actor and Model- ''The dog meat trade disgusts me. Dog’s unconditional love moves mountains. The thought of what these dogs are forced to endure brings me incredible sadness.''
Meeta Raval Smith
Opera Singer- ''The people who form the dog meat trade have absolutely no care for the life of a dog. These dogs are butchered alive and when I’ve seen videos of people doing this it’s made me feel physically sick. The pain and suffering afflicted on them is unimaginable. With the help of good humans like Robert Donkers the dog meat trade can be exposed soon I hope stopped. In my opinion animals are sentient beings just as we are. In this day and age the human race has no need to eat animals.''
Personal Trainer- ''I love dogs and recognise them as sentient beings who love people. How can anyone hurt human's best friend, let alone kill and eat them?''
Opera Singer- ''The situation for animals in general in too many countries in the world is so bad that it makes me sick. I hope that a lot of people will help and support your action.''
Opera Singer- ''I can't understand how a so-called human being can eat dog meat... the dog meat trade has to stop!''
Opera Singer- ''I believe that having a dog in our lives enable us to stay connected to the real world, and to feel an unconditional love that can guide you through the most difficult of times. In a world that is continually striving for change, I still find it unspeakable that the dog meat trade exists. There is, quite simply, no call for it, and it should be stopped. I applaud Robert for his passion, and for his unfailing efforts to truly make a difference by fighting for the cause.''
Shaman- ''Dogs would not inflict such torture or abuse on us, it is not within their social or moral compass...neither should it be in ours.''
Opera Singer- ''I am deeply saddened and affected by the terrible cruelties that animals suffer at our hands.''
Opera Singer- ''I love dogs so much and can't understand how people can be so cruel and eat them.''
Professional Boxer- 'Real men fight in the ring, only cowards torture and kill defenceless animals. I fully support Robert in his endeavours to end the dog meat trade.''
Author and Dog Trainer- ''the torturous savagery that is taking place in the dog meat trade is no different to cannibalism. This horrific practice makes me sick to my stomach.''
Artist- ''Like Robert, I am truly saddened by the dog meat trade, it is very hard to comprehend in 2016 why this can continue, change must happen immediately''
EastEnders Actor- ''We need to keep fighting cruelty against all animals. Robert's work is so important in the push for changes around the world''
Opera Singer- ''My dog's name is Pituca, she is a 13 year old toy poodle and she means the world to me. She is my best friend, and has been with me for almost half of my life. She truly makes my life better and easier, and I am so lucky to have her with me. The dog meat trade is one of the most serious animal welfare issues in Asia. It is an incredible sad situation, and to know that so many animals are suffering in a inhumane way is heartbreaking and revolting.''