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Sister City Campaign – Busan, South Korea

Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Mayor Denis Coderre of Montréal(Canada): Tell Sister City, Busan, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

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.

Busan Mayor Byung-Soo Suh

Busan Mayor Byung-Soo Suh

Busan became sister city with Los Angeles in 1967, Chicago in 2007, and Montréal(Canada)in 2000. Yet Busan, South Korea is responsible for the horrendous dog and cat meat trade.

In South Korea, the home of global companies such as Hyundai/Kia, Samsung, LG, Daewoo, SK, POSCO,…, an estimated 2.5 million dogs are tortured and slaughtered every year because of the greed of dog eaters and the dog meat industry. And one of the largest markets in South Korea that sells dogs dead and alive for meat is the infamous “Gupo Market” in Busan Metropolitan City. If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, just take a visit or watch the videos on Gupo Dog Meat Market.

This place is a “Hell on Earth” with helpless man’s best friends in cages after cages waiting for the heartless customers to order them to be slaughtered on the spot by electrocution, hanging, beating,…and thrown into boiling water sometimes while they are still alive. Dogs are being killed in full view of other dogs terrified in cages, in public and in broad daylight.

Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market

Busan Gupo Dog Meat Market. Photo: Busan KAPCA.

The Gupo Dog Meat Market is also within the boundary of the “School Environment, Hygiene, Cleanup Zone” specified in the School Health Act as evidenced by the Busan News article and therefore is in violation of School Health Act. (http://koreandogs.org/dispute-over-the-gupo-livestock-markets-violation-of-the-school-health-act/)

The officials in the Busan Bukgu District clearly chose to ignore provisions of the School Health Act and are disregarding the health of the children attending the Dugchun Elementary School and are putting those children at risk. Please imagine letting your children attend school hearing the screaming of the meat dogs and seeing them writhe in agony, being brutally slaughtered right in front of their young eyes. It will either traumatize these children for life or make them immune to the suffering of animals, turning them into the next generation of animal abusers.

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

No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION and CONTACT Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

  • Email Addresses:
    mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org; councilmember.Krekorian@lacity.org; councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org; councilmember.Labonge@lacity.org; paul.koretz@lacity.org; councilmember.martinez@lacity.org; councilmember.fuentes@lacity.org; councilmember.parks@lacity.org; councilmember.price@lacity.org; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org; councilmember.bonin@lacity.org; councilmember.englander@lacity.org; councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org; councilmember.huizar@lacity.org; councilmember.huizar@lacity.org; councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org;
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    Mayor Eric Garcetti
    200 N. Spring St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    USA

Suggested message to the Mayor and the members of the City Council of Los Angeles

Dear Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City Council members:

Please watch this undercover video from the South Korean dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

Los Angeles should not be a sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Busan Mayor Byung-Soo Suh to close down all illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers and restaurants who serve their 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/rahm-emanuel-stop-the-brutal-dog-and-cat-meat-trade-in-busan-south-korea
The favor of your reply is requested.
Thank you,

Your Name & Address

Chicao Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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    ward45@cityofchicago.org; caustin@cityofchicago.org; ward09@cityofchicago.org; ward21@cityofchicago.org; eburke@cityofchicago.org; wburnett@cityofchicago.org; ward04@cityofchicago.org; info@james46.org; ward12@cityofchicago.org; ward24@cityofchicago.org; Willie.Cochran@cityofchicago.org; ward35@cityofchicago.org; Timothy.Cullerton@cityofchicago.org; Pat.Dowell@cityofchicago.org; jason.ervin@cityofchicago.org; Toni.Foulkes@cityofchicago.org; Deborah.Graham@cityofchicago.org; lhairston@cityofchicago.org; mharris@cityofchicago.org; Ward07@cityofchicago.org; ward18@cityofchicago.org; mlaurino@cityofchicago.org; Roberto.Maldonado@cityofchicago.org; deb@33rdward.org; emitts@cityofchicago.org; ward49@cityofchicago.org; ward01@cityofchicago.org; Ward22@cityofchicago.org; ward41@cityofchicago.org; ward40@cityofchicago.org; harry@48thward.org; info@chicago47.org; jpope@cityofchicago.org; Marty.Quinn@cityofchicago.org; ward30@cityofchicago.org; office@ward42chicago.com; service@6thwardchicago.com; info@50thwardchicago.com; yourvoice@ward43.org; info@dannysolis.org; info@aldermansposato.com; rsuarez@cityofchicago.org; lrthomas@cityofchicago.org; JoAnn.Thompson@cityofchicago.org; ttunney@cityofchicago.org; info@ward32.org; mzalewski@cityofchicago.org;
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    Office of the Mayor
    121 N LaSalle Street
    Chicago City Hall 4th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60602
    USA

Suggested message to the Mayor and the Council members of Chicago

Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council members:

Please watch this undercover video from the South Korean dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

Chicago should not be a sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Busan Mayor Byung-Soo Suh to close down all illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers and restaurants who serve their 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/rahm-emanuel-stop-the-brutal-dog-and-cat-meat-trade-in-busan-south-korea
The favor of your reply is requested.
Thank you,

Your Name & Address

Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre

Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre

Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre

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    Email addresses:
    ahuntsic-cartierville@ville.montreal.qc.ca; anjou@ville.montreal.qc.ca; cdnndg@ville.montreal.qc.ca; lachine@ville.montreal.qc.ca; lasalle@ville.montreal.qc.ca; le-plateau-mont-royal@ville.montreal.qc.ca; le-sud-ouest@ville.montreal.qc.ca; arribsg@ville.montreal.qc.ca; mercier-hochelaga-maisonneuve@ville.montreal.qc.ca; montreal-nord@ville.montreal.qc.ca; outremont@ville.montreal.qc.ca; pierrefonds-roxboro@ville.montreal.qc.ca; rdppat@ville.montreal.qc.ca; info-rpp@ville.montreal.qc.ca; saint-laurent@ville.montreal.qc.ca; bureau.st-leonard@ville.montreal.qc.ca; verdun@ville.montreal.qc.ca; ville-marie@ville.montreal.qc.ca; vsp@ville.montreal.qc.ca
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    City hall
    Mayor Denis Coderre
    275 rue Notre-Dame Est
    Montréal, QC H2Y 1C6, Canada

Suggested message to the Mayor and the members of City Council of Montréal, Canada

Dear Mayor Denis Coderre and the City Council members:

Please watch this undercover video from the South Korean dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q

Montréal should not be a sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Busan Mayor Byung-Soo Suh to close down all illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers and restaurants who serve their 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/rahm-emanuel-stop-the-brutal-dog-and-cat-meat-trade-in-busan-south-korea
The favor of your reply is requested.
Thank you,

Your Name & Address

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  1. Jannie Irene Hansen
    Jannie Irene HansenJanuary 29,15

    Pain is pain, and the importance of preventing unnecessary pain and suffering does not diminish because the being that suffers is not a member of our own species.
    -Peter Singer, Animal Liberation

  2. tamara cassidy
    tamara cassidyJanuary 30,15

    Please put an end to what you fully know is amoral. Not doing anything about this, and you are in charge, makes you an amoral accomplice. Listen to the world screaming for it to stop.

  3. Angelika Nissinen
    Angelika NissinenJanuary 30,15

    Господи,что же это такое происходит на этой проклятой планете?Сколько уже можно?Это же ужас!!!При диктатуре такого не было!В Китае за убийство Панды-смертная казнь!Почему бы нам во всем Мире не принять такой закон?!!!За убийство любого животного вплоть до смертной казни!!!Я-за!!!Голосуйте!!!

    • Елена
      ЕленаFebruary 27,15

      Китай истребить надо за такие издеваьельствп..уроды вонючие.себя б лучше жрали бы, потому что уроды расплодились и издеваются ублюдки над животными!

  4. christina pafitis
    christina pafitisJanuary 30,15

    this is just horrific and disgusting we need to stop this and learn to protect and love all god creatures just boycott the mongrels

  5. Torill Almerud
    Torill AlmerudJanuary 30,15

    Stop eat dog and cat. Is horrible. They are not to eat. They are people s best friend.

  6. Leoncio Provoste
    Leoncio ProvosteJanuary 30,15

    Please do something to stop these barbarians.

  7. isabel cristina brunello
    isabel cristina brunelloJanuary 31,15

    Até quando isso vai continuar,por favor faça alguma coisa.Esses inocentes não merecem tal tortura.

  8. Ruth Steinberger
    Ruth SteinbergerJanuary 31,15

    Why are we not demanding action by Hyundai and Samsung? Do they allow dog meat to be served at company events? or is it banned at their corporate offices? It would make a statement.

  9. Ruth Steinberger
    Ruth SteinbergerJanuary 31,15

    This is what just came back as a reply. If you get this, please follow through and contact 311.

    Thank you for taking the time to contact Mayor Eric Garcetti.

    Your thoughts and concerns are greatly appreciated. Your comments will be shared with the Mayor and appropriate staff member(s) or city department, and considered in all related matters.

    • If further action is required, we suggest contacting 311 “One Call to City Hall” or the appropriate city department directly to resolve your issue.

    • If this is a Scheduling Request or you would like to follow up on a request already submitted please email the scheduling office at mayor.scheduling@lacity.org.

    • If you would like to request a Certificate of Recognition from the Mayor’s Office please email your request to mayor.certificate@lacity.org(please note that you will need to request your certificate at least 20 business days in advance of your event, at this time certificates cannot be back dated for your event.)

    Thank you again for your thoughts and concerns.

    Very truly yours,
    Constituent Services Department,
    Office of the Mayor

    200 N. Spring St., Room 303
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

  10. Christiane Coste
    Christiane CosteJanuary 31,15

    C’est indigne d’êtres qui se prétendent humains ! / It’s unworthy of beings who claim to humans!

  11. christina pafitis
    christina pafitisJanuary 31,15

    its just bloody outrageous in the name of god stop this now

  12. Sibinski Sylvie
    Sibinski SylvieJanuary 31,15

    C’est totalement irréelle mais dans quel monde vivons nous ???? Humains ??? Intelligents ???? AH NON ce n’est pas digne d’être de ce nom !!!!! J’en suis malade!

  13. Maritza Tenorio
    Maritza TenorioJanuary 31,15

    Paren esta infamia!!!

  14. LINDA BADHAM
    LINDA BADHAMJanuary 31,15

    HOW THIS EVIL DESPICABLE TORTURE IS ALLOWED TO DOGS/CATS IS BEYOND BELIEF. THESE PEOPLE KNOW THAT THE DOGS FEEL PAIN THEY HERE THEM SCREAM !! HTF THIS ISN’T MADE A CRIME I JUST DONT KNOW !! I’M NOT RELIGEOUS BUT I DO BELIEVE IN GOD AND TO ALLOW SUCH SICKENEING CRUELTY TO HIS ANIMALS IS THE LOWEST OF THE LOW. THE BASTARDS CAN’T BELIEVE IN GOD AT ALL ! ANIMALS SUFFER SO MUCH IN THIS WORLD BY THE HAND OF MAN THAT IT MAKES LIFE VERY DIFFICULT TO ENJOY. PEOPLE COUNTRIES REALLY NEED TO EVOLVE SPIRITUALLY AND RESPECT LIFE IN ALL ITS FORMS !

  15. Rachael Riley
    Rachael RileyFebruary 1,15

    How can these Monsters turn a deaf ear to the screams of the dogs while they are being slaughtered? And what is worse, they kill dogs and hack them open infront of other dogs – while they watch. How sick can you get? STOP THE TORTURE.

  16. janice
    janiceFebruary 1,15

    it is absolutely a disgrace and an act of beastiality for any human being to torture and consume dogs and cats under the pretense of hunger tradition culture or any shameful excuses they would call it! Brutal Karma will befall on the perpetrators of such heinous crimes! South Koreans who contribute to the brutality and barbaric murders of these innocent lives shall suffer a worse retribution! Wake up and smell the blood you spill everyday and repent before its too late for you! Its incomprehensible that a developed country like South Korea exists such a cruel barbaric horrific and disgraceful treatment of innocent dogs and cats lives, highly intelligent and loyal beings!! Where are your loyalty and respect???

  17. rute
    ruteFebruary 2,15

    How can these Monsters turn a deaf ear to the screams of the dogs while they are being slaughtered? And what is worse, they kill dogs and hack them open infront of other dogs – while they watch. How sick can you get? STOP THE TORTURE.

  18. rute
    ruteFebruary 2,15

    How can these Monsters turn a deaf ear to the screams of the dogs while they are being slaughtered? And what is worse, they kill dogs and hack them open infront of other dogs – while they watch. How sick can you get? STOP THE TORTURE.

    i can´t believe that

  19. rute
    ruteFebruary 2,15

    How can these Monsters turn a deaf ear to the screams of the dogs while they are being slaughtered?

    It´s not possible that!!

    STOP THE TORTURE ANIMALS!!
    DO that in your family!!

  20. karla acosta
    karla acostaFebruary 2,15

    Me parece algo horrendo

  21. Sandra Murillo
    Sandra MurilloFebruary 3,15

    This is unacceptable

  22. margaret miranda
    margaret mirandaFebruary 3,15

    These poor animals deserve much better from human beings…..this is a monstrosity….how can anyone be so cruel…monsters

  23. Ravinder
    RavinderFebruary 4,15

    These people who are unable to see the pain of these innocent animals, and are the part in their torture because they are not doing anything to stop this. when they are in position to stop all this torture, they will pay for their karma in this very life. It does not take a second for god to turn the tables. They are so proud of their status it will all fall apart and fall down to ashes.

    • james petty rev'd.
      james petty rev'd.February 7,15

      A sad occasion that reflects on the character of all who allow this obscenity and the people who tolerate it!

  24. WAU
    WAUFebruary 7,15

    STOP SADISTIC BARBARISM AGAINST EVERY LIVING CREATURE AT THE MOMENT

    DO YOU HAVE AN INTELLECT AND COMPASSION, PERSONS ACCOUNTABLE?
    THEN YOU HAVE TO ACT RESPONSIBLE NOW – TO DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING CRIMINAL IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTURE GENERATIONS!

    ONE PIECE OF CRAP HAVEN´T ONE OF THE ABOVE. CRAP IS TO DISPOSE ONLY.

  25. Estelle
    EstelleFebruary 8,15

    This is simply intolerable, unacceptable. Tradition or habits are no excuse to let these barbaric practice unpunished. This must stop really soon. We are all angry and it is understandable. Not taking action and listening to our request will make us angrier.

  26. Liliane Moraes
    Liliane MoraesFebruary 9,15

    This cruelty must end !

  27. Liliane Moraes
    Liliane MoraesFebruary 9,15

    the most horrible thing I’ve ever seen !

  28. Tanja Lyresäter
    Tanja LyresäterFebruary 9,15

    Stop to eat dogs and cats , asian barbaric people !!!!!!!

  29. james
    jamesFebruary 9,15
  30. Despina M. Andrelus
    Despina M. AndrelusFebruary 9,15

    Torture is inexcusable. Period. Nobody, and I mean nobody, needs to torture an animal – even if they feel the need to eat it. That, in and of itself, shows the person’s true character – or lack of. **TORTURE IS NOT CULTURE!!**

    **********

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals.” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs… (They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated… I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection of man from the cruelty of man.” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  31. Chun-Li
    Chun-LiFebruary 10,15

    At one time, human sacrifices were practiced by different ancient cultures such as the Celts, Druids, Germanics, Ancient Hawaii, Mayans, Aztecs, etc., etc. All of which was fiercely brutal and horrifically cruel. Eventually the barbaric ways of these past cultures ceased. For example, the Aztecs once pulled out the live, beating hearts out of rival tribe members and practiced cannibalism (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_sacrifice_in_Aztec_culture#mediaviewer/File:Codex_Magliabechiano_(141_cropped).jpg ) Eventually that practice came to an end. Today, we ask, why should horrific brutality towards innocent, wonderful non-human animals have to continue either?

    There are inexpensive means to obtaining complete proteins to help alleviate needs for animal flesh, such as quinoa (contains all 9 essential amino acids), buckwheat, hempseed (10 grams of protein per 2 Tablespoons), chia seed (4 grams protein per 2 Tablespoons), soy (10 grams protein per 1/2 cup), Mycoprotein quorn fungus(13 grams protein per 1/2 cup), rice & beans (7 grams protein per 1 cup), seitan (21 grams per 1/3 cup), hummus & pita bread (7 grams protein), spirulina with grains, nuts, oats, or seeds (4 grams protein per tablespoon), and a peanut butter sandwich (at about 15 +/- grams protein ). (see http://greatist.com/health/complete-vegetarian-proteins) .

    As well, please see the following story about producing leather and meats from tissue cell cultures in a lab using bioprinting. See http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-20972018 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gXq1ml6B1E

    Hopefully this particular technology can progress.

  32. Lisa Marie Donohoe
    Lisa Marie DonohoeFebruary 14,15

    This horrible cruelty to Gods most precious and loving creatures has got to stop now! How can you people go on about your lives everyday, eating, drinking, and carrying on about your business, knowing that every moment these poor cats and dogs are being tortured and miss treated????? How
    can you allow such barbaric atrocities to go on like this without putting a stop to this horrible tragedy!!!! This must come to an end!!!! This must stop
    now!!! I will fight to my death to save these poor creatures from the hellish nightmares they face at the hands of these horrible humans !!!! There
    will be a wrath that will be unleashed on this planet like no other, and will wipe the face off this horrible selfish and evil planet!!!! These poor animals
    have the purest of souls, and they do not deserve one minute of this horrible torture from these evil, heartless humans, with no feelings !!!! Please put
    a stop to this horrible crime now!!!!

  33. Lolli
    LolliFebruary 25,15

    There is no need to be cruel!!!!!!

  34. Waltraud Usahanun
    Waltraud UsahanunFebruary 25,15

    THAT HUNGRY FOR CANNOT STOP TORTURING LIVING CREATURES IN SUCH A GREWSOME WAY NOBODY CAN BE, THIS IS MONSTERWORK NOT HUMAN DEGRADING – THESE INHUMANE EVIL DOING CRYING FOR CONSEQUENCES AND IS TO BAN IN THE MOMENT !

    NO WORDING FOR THAT – SPEECHLESS – PURE GREED, INFANTILISM AND SADISM.
    NEVER WANT MEET MONSTERS LIKE THEM!
    FAUGH ! LAST RABBLE!
    THE WORST SITUATION HAPPENS TO ALL OF THAT KIND OF CRUEL MONSTERS IS NOT ENOUGH!

    ALL KOREAN GHOSTS WILL TAKE THEM TO THE HOTTEST HELL!

  35. alla
    allaJune 5,15

    stop it!

  36. Sandra Kirchberger
    Sandra KirchbergerDecember 29,15

    well, that was strange. I just called the phone number for the Chicago mayor office and they said I am the only one who called about it. They wanted to know where the slaughterhouses were located..so I mentioned the Gupo one. Please dont tell me I am the only one who has called about this so far?? the woman who answered the phone said I was..that is sad if that is the case!!

  37. Elaine Brum
    Elaine BrumMay 1,16

    Stop this barbaric act ,killing these beautiful animals is evil beyond words ,how do you sleep at night ,I wish the vile subhumans to go to hell after having suffers a long and very painful death.

  38. Connie Zumbo
    Connie ZumboMay 1,16

    They are boiling skinning and burning these beautiful dogs alive! God help these beautiful dogs!!!

  39. Ginette Deschenes
    Ginette DeschenesDecember 20,16

    Stop this barbaric act ,killing these beautiful animals is evil beyond words ,how do you sleep at night ,I wish the vile subhumans to go to hell after having suffers a long and very painful death.

  40. kathrin
    kathrinJanuary 24,17

    every night when I go to bed here in California, I know that those dogs are screaming all the way across the world during their daytime. so when it gets dark here it is time for them to die over there. I can’t bear it. I am helpless to help them. the mustangs also, are being rounded up with HELICOPTERS and I can do nothing to stop it.

  41. Sammed
    SammedMarch 29,17

    Please stop this cruelty. Why do people have to do this with any animal. There people kill dogs and cats who are helpless can’t talk and at other places people kill people in name of religion, politics, race, and nationality.

  42. Ilse Vanden Balck
    Ilse Vanden BalckApril 24,17

    You Will be judged.

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