Sister City Campaign – Daegu Suseong-gu, South Korea – Blacktown, Australia
[Update: October 17, 2017] Our campaign is reported by Blacktown Sun news.
[Update: October 15, 2017] Mayor Bali kindly responded to our petition.
Mayor Stephen Bali of Blacktown, Australia: Tell Sister City, Daegu Suseong-gu, 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.
Daegu Suseong-gu became Sister city with Blacktown in 1994.
In Daegu Suseong-gu, 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 Daegu Suseong-gu’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 Shops” 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”.
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 Daegu Suseong District in order to supply all of these outlets.
There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.
- Send Email:
Mayor Bali has responded so we will not be sending emails. Please continue to sign and share petition.
- Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):
City of Blacktown
PO Box 63, Blacktown NSW 2148
Send a copy of your letter to Daegu Suseong-gu Mayor Jin-Hoon Lee:
Mayor Jin-Hoon Lee
Daegu Suseong District Government
2450 Dalgubeol–daero, Suseong-gu, Daegu
Postal Code 42086
Address in Korean:
(우)42086 대구광역시 수성구 달구벌대로 2450
- Send a message through Facebook page:
Mayor Stephen Bali
Daegu Suseong-gu Mayor Jin-Hoon Lee
Suggested email/letter/Facebook message
Subject: Mayor Stephen Bali of Blacktown: Tell Sister City, Daegu Suseong-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.
Dear Mayor Bali and the City Council members,
We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry: https://youtu.be/mpjZ8dWUuj0
Do you think that Blacktown should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Daegu Suseong-gu Mayor Jin-Hoon Lee 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-stephen-bali-of-blacktown-australia-tell-sister-city-daegu-suseong-gu-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-the-torture-eating-of-dogs
The favor of your reply is requested.
[Your Name & City/Country]
- Call the Mayor’s Office: Telephone 0401 993 634
Fax 9831 1961
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, Daegu Suseong-gu 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 Daegu Suseong-gu 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
.@suseongtogether .@lee_jinhoon .@colorfuldg .@blacktowncc Plz Urge SisterCity Daegu Suseong-gu, Stop torturing dogs https://goo.gl/b1Zgdb
No matter where you live PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends – especially those who live in Blacktown!