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Friendship City Campaign – Seoul Seongbuk District, South Korea – Glendale, California

Mayor Paula Devine of Glendale: Tell Friendship City, Seoul Seongbuk District, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Seongbuk District Mayor Young-Bae Kim

Seoul Seongbuk District Mayor Young-Bae Kim

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 Seongbuk District became Friendship city with Glendale in 2015.

In Seoul Seongbuk 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 Seongbuk 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: 273 Health Food Centers; and 77 restaurants in and around Seoul Seongbuk 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 Seongbuk District in order to supply all of these outlets.
Friendship City Campaign - Seoul Seongbuk District, South Korea – Buena Park, California

Friendship City Campaign - Seoul Seongbuk District, South Korea – Buena Park, California

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 Glendale Mayor TODAY!

Glendale Mayor Paula Devine

Glendale Mayor Paula Devine

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

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Click HERE to send an online message!
  • Send email:
    pdevine@glendaleca.gov; lfriedman@glendaleca.gov; VGharpetian@GlendaleCA.GOV; anajarian@glendaleca.gov; zsinanyan@glendaleca.gov;
  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Mayor Paula Devine
    613 East Broadway, Suite 200
    Glendale, CA 91206 USA
    USA

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Seongbuk District Mayor Young-Bae Kim:
    Mayor Young-Bae Kim
    Seoul Seongbuk District Government
    168 Bomun-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 02848
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    김영배 구청장
    서울성북구청
    우.02848 서울특별시 성북구 보문로 168(삼선동 5가)
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Glendale
    Seoul Seongbuk District

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Devine and the City Council members,

    We thank you for taking action by contacting Mayor Young-Rok Yoo, of your Sister City, Gimpo, South Korea, by stating your disapproval of any inhumane treatment of those dogs and cats which go into the meat trades in that city.

    Once again 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 Glendale should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Seongbuk District Mayor Young-Bae Kim 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-paula-devine-of-glendale-tell-friendship-city-seoul-seongbuk-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-torture-eating-of-dogs
    The favor of your reply is requested.
    Thank you,

    [Your Name & City/Country]

  • Call the Mayor’s Office! 818-548-4844, 818-550-4400
    Glendale City Council Members
    Laura Friedman
    Ara Najarian
    Zareh Sinanyan
    Vartan Gharpetian
  • 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 Seongbuk 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 Seongbuk 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 .@eseongbuk .@MyGlendale Plz Urge Friendship City, Seoul Seongbuk, Korea-Stop Torture/Eating Dogs/Cats https://goo.gl/vFh9Gl

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  1. Angela
    AngelaJanuary 21,17

    STOP IT PLEASE

  2. GABRIELA VARGAS
    GABRIELA VARGASJanuary 25,17

    NO PODEMOS SEGUIR TOLERANDO NI PERMITIENDO SEMEJANTES BRUTALIDADES NI ESTE NIVEL DE CRUELDAD QUE SÓLO MANIFIESTA INVOLUCIÓN, IGNORANCIA Y PERTURBACIÓN; ESTÁN GENERANDO VIOLENCIA Y ODIO ENTRE LAS DIFERENTES SOCIEDADES EN EL MUNDO. TENEMOS QUE DETENER LA VIOLENCIA QUE ES COMO UN CÁNCER QUE SE EXTIENDE DE FORMA INCONTROLABLE, Y DE LAS ACCIONES QUE MÁS NOS AFECTAN A TODO EL PLANETA Y FOMENTA TERRORISMO EN TODOS LOS NIVELES ES LA ATROCIDAD DE YULLIN Y BOKNAL. ALTO A ESTE INFIERNO, A ESTE COMERCIO NEGRO E ILEGAL. LAS LEYES PUEDEN HACERLO SI ACABAN DE FORMA DETERMINANTE CON LOS INTERESES SINIESTROS ECONÓMICOS DE UNOS CUÁNTOS. ACTÚEN DE MANERA ÉTICA POR FAVOR!!!

  3. Andrea Sreiber
    Andrea SreiberFebruary 11,17

    Papazian, Eliza

    Hello,
    Thank you for contacting the City of Glendale.

    The City of Glendale has and continues to work in conjunction with our local Korean Sister City Association and Gimpo representatives to monitor this situation and ensure that these atrocities do not continue to occur. As we did last year, the City of Glendale is working with Gimpo to better understand South Korean standards, practices and laws, relevant cultural differences, as well as express the unqualified protest and disapproval of any inhumane treatment of dogs, cats and other living creatures. Gimpo representatives have assured the City of Glendale that the City of Gimpo has no interest in advocating for or defending any inhumane treatment of animals, and that they will see that all South Korean food service and processing standards, as well as animal treatment laws, are adhered to.

    Thank you again for sharing your concerns. The City of Glendale will continue to work with our Sister City of Gimpo to ensure the best possible and most practical outcome. Further questions or concerns may be directed to Christine Powers. She can be reached via email at CPowers@glendaleca.gov.

    Regards,

    Eliza Papazian | City of Glendale | Management Services
    613 East Broadway, Suite 200 | Glendale, CA 91206 | (818) 548-4844 | epapazian@glendaleca.gov

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