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Response from Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor

Our dedicated volunteer Rudy, forwarded the email response below which he had received from the Seoul Gangdong-gu mayor. This is a response in regards to our Sister City/Friendship City campaigns as below:
Sister City Campaign – Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea – Segovia, Spain
Friendship City Campaign – Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea – Willoughby, New South Wales, Australia

We appreciate the mayor’s effort in responding to our campaign. However, we are disappointed that his response is disingenuous, glossing over and concealing the truth. We responded to Mayor Lee informing him that we are able to access information regarding the dog meat industry in his district and urged him to take affirmative action to shut down the illegal dog meat trade.

We are grateful to all our supporters who have taken action, and a special thank you to Rudy for his
perseverance and dedication in helping us fight against this cruel industry.

Response from Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor 011218

Rudy Gallardo protesting against the South Korea's dog meat cruelty - July 2017
Rudy Gallardo protesting against the South Korea's dog meat cruelty - July 2017

Rudy in Seoul, South Korea, July 2017. Rudy traveled to Korea to protest against the Korea’s dog and cat meat cruelty.

Below is our response to Mayor Lee’s response:


Dear Mayor Lee Hae-Sik,

Thank you for responding to our campaign against the dog and cat meat trade in the Seoul Gangdong-gu District.
Our campaigns are based on facts and honest research. We have found that the illegal dog meat industry does indeed exist in Seoul Gangdong-gu and your district appears to be doing nothing about it.

Information on the dog meat industry in Seoul Gangdong-gu is easily accessible online and can be viewed around the world. A search on Naver shows that there are 23 dog meat restaurants within the district of Seoul Gangdong-gu. It’s possible that there are more that do not show up in this search: (https://map.naver.com/?query=%EC%84%9C%EC%9A%B8%20%EA%B0%95%EB%8F%99%EA%B5%AC%20%EB%B3%B4%EC%8B%A0%ED%83%95&type=SITE_1)

A search for businesses that operate under the name of “Health Food Shop,” which commonly sell dog soju (dog elixir), shows 72 results in and around Seoul Gangdong-gu: (https://map.naver.com/?query=%EC%84%9C%EC%9A%B8+%EA%B0%95%EB%8F%99%EA%B5%AC+%EA%B1%B4%EA%B0%95%EC%9B%90&type=SITE_1)

Please see the attached screenshots of the search results.

Also, here is a google search for “Seoul Gangdong-gu and Dog Meat Soup”: https://goo.gl/NqVK1i

Apart from the above maps showing dog meat businesses in Seoul Gangdong-gu, here are some blog pages that advertise these businesses:

http://blog.daum.net/tjsgmldhrrud/36
https://blog.naver.com/millkyk0/220897467652
https://blog.naver.com/dunchonmarket/220725117989
https://blog.naver.com/dunchonmarket/220719903984

Dog-meat consumption is not legal in South Korea. However, the majority of Koreans show a profound indifference to both the law and moral principles by doing nothing at all to stop the illegal dog-meat trade. Dogs are being brutally tortured and eaten as if it were completely legal.

The following link has a translation detailing the illegal status of the dog meat industry in Korea provided by the Korea Animal Rights Advocates:
http://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/
(In Korean: https://www.ekara.org/activity/against/read/7537)

Therefore, all the restaurants in Seoul Gangdong-gu that sell dog meat/elixir products are operating illegally. What is Seoul Gangdong-gu doing to enforce the law and shut down these illegal businesses?

You claim there are no dog farms/slaughterhouses because there are no government records, regulations or oversight for dog farms/slaughterhouses in Korea. But that does not mean that dogs farms do not exist. Local dog meat businesses obtain dog meat from large factory farms or homes that breed dogs to make money. In reality, your government is aware of the dog meat industry but turns a blind eye to it, and no one is protecting dogs from cruel treatment and slaughter.

Mayor Lee, I grew up in Korea, and I’m fluent in Korean and very familiar with Korea’s dog meat industry. No one has challenged the Korean government regarding this illegal and cruel industry the way we are doing with the Sister/Friendship City campaigns because people do not want to upset Koreans. We have no choice but to continue our campaign because the Korean government will not take steps to end this horrific and illegal industry.

The solution is not to ignore the problem, deny the problem, or hide the problem. The solution is to fix the problem by ending the illegal dog and cat meat industry permanently.

Mayor Kim Man-Soo of Bucheon has taken steps to end the dog meat industry in his city. Perhaps you can contact Mayor Kim of Bucheon to discuss this issue and work together on a solution. (http://koreandogs.org/bucheon-mayor-kim/, http://koreandogs.org/nami-kims-meeting-bucheon-mayor-man-soo-kim/, http://koreandogs.org/bucheon-a-new-light-shines-in-the-darkness/, http://koreandogs.org/monumental-changes-happening-bucheon-become-first-dog-meat-free-city-south-korea/)

We look forward to your positive response.

Sincerely,

Giny Woo
www.KoreanDogs.org

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  1. Sharon vinson
    Sharon vinsonJanuary 15,18

    Well said, Giny!

  2. Rene P.
    Rene P.January 15,18

    I hope you are fighting just as hard to shut down these savages’ abuse of cats in South Korea too! I’ve heard too many horror stories of innocent cats being boiled alive to make “heath tonics”. I think proper justice would see every single person who drinks (and makes, and sells) cat or dog “elixir” would die of rabies or some other disease. Maybe then the market for such sickening products would disappear.

  3. Perczak Ewa
    Perczak EwaJanuary 15,18

    well answered !!!! thank you Giny !!!! but we can say that Mayor is part of the small amount of Korean officials who responds to us !! it is a serious global problem, ethical and moral. The health of the Korean people is also threatened …. and I am always surprised how it is that the authorities do nothing? !! do not react !!! in France, the bird flu was responsible for the death of millions of birds because suspicion existed !!! sick or not sick, the bird was killed !!!! Gandhi said “whoever sees the problem, and who does nothing, is part of the problem” South Korea must stop being part of this problem.

  4. freddie williams
    freddie williamsJanuary 15,18

    Wow! LOVE the reply.

  5. Maria
    MariaJanuary 16,18

    I took the address from the screenshot vesta80@gangdong.go.kr and sent them the following letter. Please do the same everyone. Add your voice to Giny’s!

    Dear Mayor Lee,
    On behalf of Russian-speaking animal lovers let me thank you for answering to the petition created be KoreanDogs.org but also express our concerns. I live in Russia and I know very well that lots of people here have heard about dog meat trade cruelty in Korea and are horrified. Believe me, it damages Korea’s international image a lot. We do trust KoreanDogs.org and Giny Woo we add our voice to her responce posted here http://koreandogs.org/response-seoul-gangdong-gu-mayor/
    Please take more action to really eliminate cruelty to dogs and cats in your city.

    Sincerely,

  6. Heidi
    HeidiJanuary 16,18

    This has to stop this is barbaric and monsterous to do this to cats and dogs, what is the matter with these people? boycott all countries who do this, kill the abusers

    • Bob Buckmann
      Bob BuckmannJanuary 19,18

      I SALUTE YOU HEIDI AND AGREE WITH YOU~!!@!!
      THEY DONT UNDERSTAND DIPLOMACY, TIME TO
      SEND IN THE MUSCLE~!!!! AND ARMAMENTS~!!!

  7. Bob Buckmann
    Bob BuckmannJanuary 19,18

    LET THE NORTH HAVE THE SOUTH, TO HELL WITH THESE DOG KILLERS!~

  8. Eric Martin
    Eric MartinJanuary 22,18

    Theses people are seriously stuffed up. The Bible states that we human beings are forbidden to eat animals with paws. Human beings tha break this law by God will be Demonise & will burn for eternity in hell. Says it all. The sooner Mr Kim Nukes the crap out of them the sooner this nightmare will be over.

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