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Sister City Campaign – Andong, South Korea – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mayor Ron Corbett of Cedar Rapids: Tell Sister City, Andong, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Andong Mayor Young-Sae Kweon

Andong Mayor Young-Sae Kweon

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.
Andong became Sister city with Cedar Rapids in 2005.

In Andong, 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.

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Andong’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: 191 Health Food Centers; and 40 restaurants in and around Andong.

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 Andong in order to supply all of these outlets.
Sister City Campaign - Andong, South Korea – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sister City Campaign - Andong, South Korea – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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 Cedar Rapids Mayor TODAY!

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett

Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett

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:
    ron.corbett@cedar-rapids.org; s.weinacht@cedar-rapids.org; ann.poe@cedar-rapids.org; R.Russell@cedar-rapids.org; kris.gulick@cedar-rapids.org; s.overland@cedar-rapids.org; pat.shey@cedar-rapids.org; scott.olson@cedar-rapids.org; justin.shields@cedar-rapids.org;
  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Mayor’s Office
    City of Cedar Rapids
    101 First Street SE – Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
    USA

    Send a copy of your letter to Andong Mayor Young-Sae Kweon:
    Mayor Young-Sae Kweon
    Andong City Hall
    115 Toegye-ro, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Postal Code 36691
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    권영세 안동시장님
    안동시청
    (우)36691 경상북도 안동시 퇴계로 115(명륜동)
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Cedar Rapids
    Mayor Ron Corbett
    Andong

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Corbett 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/, http://koreandogs.org/andong-south-korea-dog-for-meat-dragged-behind-motorcycle/

    Do you think that Cedar Rapids should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Andong Mayor Young-Sae Kweon 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-ron-corbett-of-cedar-rapids-tell-sister-city-andong-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-torture-consumption-of-dogs-cats
    The favor of your reply is requested.

    Thank you,

    [Your Name & City/Country]

  • Call the Mayor’s Office: 319-286-5051

    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 sister city, Andong 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 Andong 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

    .@andongcityhall .@gyeongsangbukdo .@CityofCRiowa .@roncorbett Plz Urge Sister City Andong, Korea-Stop eating dogs! https://goo.gl/BgLgVJ

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  1. SUSAN TUCKER
    SUSAN TUCKERDecember 19,16

    SIR,Do you really want to accosiate with a sister city in Korea,that shows Barbaric Cruelty and Consumes Dogs and Cats and Totally Ignore the Rest of the Worlds Pleas ???

    • mrs marguerite j white
      mrs marguerite j whiteDecember 20,16

      Susan Tucker I said exactly the same,I would not want a sister city with a barbaric attitude to poor animals.

  2. Debora Nielsen
    Debora NielsenDecember 20,16

    This absolutely breaks my heart. Something like this is so WRONG. PLEASE MAKE IT STOP! Nothing in my whole life bothers me as much as this.

  3. Cheryl Brown
    Cheryl BrownDecember 20,16

    Please STOP this horrific,evil,barbaric,heartless,sickening torture of these innocent dogs & cats !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will never support a country full of monsters nor will I support any country that has connections to a country full of EVIL,HEARTLESS monsters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This must STOP !!!!!!!!!!!! We the world are watching & we are NOT going away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please Sir,can you tell me, do you have a dog or cat at your home,that is considered part of the family?????????????????? Billions of us DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Culture & tradition are NO excuse to force animals to SUFFER to satisfy the appetites of these monsters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These innocent & beautiful dogs & cats meet a gruesome fate!!! They are brutally slaughtered,beaten,hung,electrocuted,throats slit as they lie there slowly bleeding to death & suffering & any other cruel method that can be thought of.These dogs & cats have their ear drums blown out & their vocal cords cut so they can not bark for help on the meat farms while they wait for their gruesome end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please be their voices for they have none!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All beings created by God deserve respect & dignity. God did NOT create cruelty………………………………….. MANKIND did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Sherry Compton
    Sherry ComptonDecember 21,16

    It’s hard to imagine the evil, sadistic, barbaric cruelty to helpless, intelligent animals. The world views South Korea with complete disgust!!!! They are now hiding animal torture from public view!!!!

  5. Jamie
    JamieDecember 24,16

    I tried to send an email to the addresses provided. My e-mail was undeliverable. “Technical details of permanent failure:
    Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain cedar-rapids.org by mail.cedar-rapids.org. [65.156.255.194].

    The error that the other server returned was:
    554 rejecting banned content

    If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I want to reach out to the people of Iowa in an effort to convenience them to not have anything to do with the company that treats animals this way.

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