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Monumental changes are happening in Bucheon as it moves towards becoming the first “Dog Meat Free” city in South Korea

What an hansom mayor!  :)

What a handsome mayor! 🙂

Nami Kim and her SaveKoreanDogs.org organization shared the below story on their Facebook.

Step by step, the City of Bucheon has been taking necessary actions towards their goal of becoming the first “Dog Meat Free” city in South Korea. We are more than grateful to the Mayor of Bucheon, Man-Soo Kim, and his teams for working so hard to make this goal a reality and for their willingness in being the leader in this critical step forward in ending the dog meat trade in Korea. Nami continues to lend her support to Mayor Kim’s team by coordinating efforts and assisting the city in this historic endeavor.

From Nami:

Soon-To-Be- Dog Meat Free City.
We needed a strategy meeting before we went out to the remaining dog meat restaurants. We have Food Safety division joined the forces. We have 16 more (dog meat restaurants) to go to change the signs and menu. The city is sending out letters to all the dog meat restaurants to notify the city’s plan to be dog meat free zone. This comes from mayor Kim direct as he is so determined but resistance is there.

New Menu to Replace Dog Meat.
My meeting last week with the food safety department included developing a new menu for the owners of dog meat restaurants in the city.
The owners complain and say “whats my livelihood then, can you guarantee the revenue?”
They all have another menu for those not ordering Boshintang when most income comes from dog meat soup.
To my surprise, the city of Bucheon was planning a ‘Creative Menu Contest’ This was suggested by Linda Lariviere earlier and when I brought it up at the meeting they say they already had an internal meeting about the contest. LOL
A young couple selling dog meat soup may need a new menu.

Click HERE to follow Nami and SaveKoreanDogs.org’s work on Facebook.

Bucheon city staffs meeting with Nami 091417

Bucheon city staffs meeting with Nami 091417

Photo: SaveKoreanDogs.org.

Below are photos of two of many dog meat restaurants operating in Bucheon currently.

Dog meat restaurants in Bucheon (2)

From Nami: 6th Dog Meat Restaurant Famous for Dog Meat Stew.
The restaurant is small in size but claims the most fresh dog meat they cook. The owner had a special room upstairs for group reservations. Just learnt that they don’t even have a restaurant license. With the city official with me I know what to do right away.
Click HERE for the Facebook post.

Dog meat restaurants in Bucheon (1)

From Nami: Longevity Dog Meat Restaurant.
4th dog meat restaurant we were putting pressure on is this ‘Longivity’ literally it means you can live up to 100 years if you eat Boshintang, the dog meat soup. I am shocked by the owner was a very young couple. He also sells chicken soup but 80% his income comes from dog meat with patronage, weekly regular customers. An old couple was enjoying dog meat soup and the meat slices. City officials informed the owners before our visit and make appointment avoiding their business hours. I walked inside the kitchen and vomitted again with the pungent smell of the meat.
Next was the 5th we were targeting.
Click HERE for the Facebook post.

Please sign petition: All thanks to Mayor Kim! Bucheon City working towards becoming “First Dog Meat Free City”.

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  1. Jo Ardell
    Jo ArdellSeptember 21,17

    Please make Bucheon the “First Dog Meat Free City in South Korea”.

  2. Maria
    MariaSeptember 21,17

    Well, if they ran off ideas of what to cook – we are the whole world. We cfn provide them with recipes from all the nations! Giny, can we somehow collect our best recipes and give access to the recipe base to those who are ready to go dog-meat free? And, dog meat restaurants owners, if you read this – wnat some best recipes from Russian and Jewish table and be unique? I’ll send you, just reply here under my post!

  3. Maria
    MariaSeptember 21,17

    And, for sure, if I ever visit Korea, Bucheon will be the first place I’ll go. And I hope to eat something vegan there.

  4. Carol Smith
    Carol SmithSeptember 21,17

    As a dog owner/lover the thought of eating dog meat repulsed me. I don’t eat red meat at all it’s chewing and swallowing flesh!!!!!! There are plenty of alternatives wish people would think twice. Dogs are very loyal loving animals yes there are dogs who roam streets and can be a nuisance but local governments should come up with a plan to deal with these situations.

  5. Pam
    PamSeptember 21,17

    Hope at last. Thanks to all of you.

  6. Cecilia Johansson
    Cecilia JohanssonSeptember 21,17

    Thank You, all good people who work for the welfare of our beloved cats and dogs!

  7. Rui Almeida
    Rui AlmeidaSeptember 21,17

    Awsome news!

  8. Rui Almeida
    Rui AlmeidaSeptember 21,17

    thanks Kim and the Mayor of Bucheon, Man-Soo Kim!
    no words.
    I feel very happy.
    i m just seeing those eyes of the dogs if they could hear this news.

  9. Ann White
    Ann WhiteSeptember 21,17

    My sincere thanks to the Mayor of Bucheon and the awesome Nami Kim. Mr Mayor you are a very forward thinking gentleman and I know how difficult it is to break from some traditions but that is how we move forward towards a better humanity. You have made so many people around the world very happy and I wish you every success.

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