Matt Damon and Rooney Mara protest the torture and killing of dogs in China

The actors are among celebrities campaigning for The Compassion Project

A video starring Matt Damon and Rooney Mara has been uploaded to YouTube to protest the torture and killing of 10,000 dogs in China.

The public service announcement comes from The Compassion Project, who have appointed a variety of A-list stars whom plea to stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China, which is currently taking place.

Celebrities, including Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, are seen to get very emotional in the video, due to the controversial annual Chinese event, where around 10,000 dogs and cats are expected to be killed and feasted on.

Damon features strongly in the video, which is about “being a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves.” “We are here asking you to stop the cruelty,” he tells. This is followed by the likes of Maggie Q, JR Bourne and Pamela Anderson asking to stop the torture and violence of the animals.

It is said that the animals are killed in a humane way; although The Compassion Project video contradicts this and shows footage of dogs being beaten before using methods where they are skinned, gutted and boiled alive.

In 2015, a similar campaign took place led by NBA star Yao Ming, which protested the poaching of endangered sharks. This resulted in a 50-percent drop in hunting, in his home country of China.

The final word comes from Fantastic Four‘s Kate Mara, who tells us to share the video in order to stop the killing, along with #thecompassionproject.