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[Campaign Closed] Friendship City Campaign – Seoul Guro District, South Korea – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

[Update January 13, 2017] Despite not having communicated with the Seoul Guro since exchanging visits ten years ago, the lovely Mayor of Chapel Hill Pam Hemminger responded to our Friendship City Campaign with compassion and, moreover, affirmative action. Click HERE to learn more.

Mayor Pam Hemminger of Chapel Hill: Tell Friendship City, Seoul Guro District, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Guro District Mayor Sung Lee

Seoul Guro District Mayor Sung Lee

If you want to help fight the grisly South Korean dog and cat meat trade and make a difference in South Korea, here are a few quick actions you can take that could save millions of dogs and cats each year.

Seoul Guro District became Friendship city with Chapel Hill in 2006.

In Seoul Guro District, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are tortured their entire lives, end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging or beating; and then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. In many places, dogs are being killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty.

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Korean TV news about Seoul Gyeongdong Dog Meat Market: http://koreandogs.org/street-horror-dog-slaughterhouses-heart-seoul/

Gyeongdong Market in Seoul, South Korea

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Seoul Guro District’s dog meat demand.

Shown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Food Centers” which commonly sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and the second one was for “dog meat restaurants”.

The searches resulted in: 199 Health Food Centers; and 83 restaurants in and around Seoul Guro District.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in and around Seoul Guro District in order to supply all of these outlets.

Friendship City Campaign - Seoul Guro District, South Korea – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Friendship City Campaign - Seoul Guro District, South Korea – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

Please watch the undercover videos from South Korea’s dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

http://koreandogs.org/meat-dogs-in-wire-cages-feed-on-rotten-food-waste-slops/

Please sign petition, call, write and email the Chapel Hill Mayor TODAY!

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger

To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Send email:
    phemminger@townofchapelhill.org; dbell@townofchapelhill.org; janderson@townofchapelhill.org; gcianciolo@townofchapelhill.org; sgreene@townofchapelhill.org; eharrison@townofchapelhill.org; noates@townofchapelhill.org; mpalmer@townofchapelhill.org; mparker@townofchapelhill.org;
  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Office of the Mayor
    405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    USA

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Guro District Mayor Sung Lee:
    Mayor Sung Lee
    Seoul Guro District Government
    245 Gamasan-ro, Guro-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 08284
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이 성 구청장
    서울구로구청
    (우)08284 서울특별시 구로구 가마산로 245 (구로동)
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Chapel Hill
    Mayor Pam Hemminger
    Seoul Guro District

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Hemminger and the City Council members,

    We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q, http://koreandogs.org/horrible-reality-of-meat-dog-farms-you-did-not-know/
    Korean TV news about Seoul Gyeongdong Dog Meat Market: http://koreandogs.org/street-horror-dog-slaughterhouses-heart-seoul/

    Do you think that Chapel Hill should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Guro District Mayor Sung Lee to close down all those illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers, and restaurants that serve these animal products. An online petition calling for your support in ending the horrendous South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-pam-hemminger-of-chapel-hill-tell-friendship-city-seoul-guro-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-torture-consumption-of-dogs
    The favor of your reply is requested.
    Thank you,

    [Your Name & City/Country]

  • Call the Mayor’s Office: 919-968-2714

    Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the Mayor’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your Friendship city, Seoul Guro District in South Korea.

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that city, regardless of the fact that it is illegal under South Korean Law – but the laws are not enforced. The dog and cat meat trades involve extreme and widespread animal cruelty, and the animals suffer unimaginable pain and distress. They cannot speak for themselves which is why I am calling on their behalf. And, I believe that your city would wish to be made aware of this issue, as they would not want to be affiliated with a city where illegal and immoral torture is being carried out on any animal, and particularly not on ones that are loyal, trusting creatures, which look up to us humans as their guardians.

    These illegal trades are being allowed to continue by Korean authorities – even though there is growing opposition from pet owners across South Korea, and throughout the world.

    So, I am asking you to please speak with your counterparts in Seoul Guro District to urge them to enforce their own laws, not ignore them, and to show compassion to their companion animals, and also respect to their own citizens, by bringing these trades to an end.

    With the Winter Olympics coming up in 2018, this is the time to make change; this is the time to stop the illegal, inhumane and unnecessary cruelty. I know that South Korea has many beautiful, admirable and noble practices and customs worth preserving, but this is not one of them.

    Thank you for your time and understanding.

  • Send a Twitter message!

    Suggested Twitter text

    .@seoulmania .@digitalguro .@chapelhillgov .@TOCHMayorOffice Plz Urge FriendshipCity,SeoulGuro-Stop Dog Meat Cruelty https://goo.gl/Udg7Rq

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No matter where you live PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends – especially those who live in Chapel Hill!

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