Sister City Campaign – Icheon, South Korea – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales: Tell Sister City Icheon, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Icheon Mayor Byung-Don Cho

Icheon Mayor Byung-Don Cho

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.

Santa Fe, New Mexico became Sister city to Icheon, South Korea in 2013.

Icheon is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. 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 Icheon’s dog meat demand.

Icheon, South Korea – Santa Fe, New Mexico-Sister City Campaign

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”.

Photo(on the right): A “Health Food Center” in Icheon, Korea. On the door is a sign “개소주”, which translates to “Dog Soju”(Dog Elixir). From

The searches resulted in: 132 Health Food Centers; and 61 restaurants in and around Icheon.

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 Icheon in order to supply all of these outlets.
Sister City Campaign – Icheon, South Korea – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sister City Campaign – Icheon, South Korea – Santa Fe, New Mexico

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored .

Please watch the undercover video from the documentary trailer by the Korea Observer:

Please sign petition, call and email Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales TODAY!

    Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales

    Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Email: (Use below suggested message or petition for email text);;;;;;;;;
  • Send a letter! (Use below suggested message or petition for letter text):

    Mayor Javier Gonzales
    City of Santa Fe
    PO Box 909
    Santa Fe, NM 87504-0909

    Send a copy of your letter to the Icheon Mayor Byung-Don Cho !
    Mayor Byung-Don Cho
    Icheon City Hall
    40 Buak-ro, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
    Postal Code 17379
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    조병돈 이천시장님
    [17379] 경기도 이천시 부악로 40 (중리동)
    South Korea

    Suggested message

    Dear Mayor Javier Gonzales and the members of the City Council:

    We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry:,

    Do you think that Santa Fe should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge the Icheon Mayor Byung-Don Cho 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:
    The favor of your reply is requested.
    Thank you,

    [Your Name, City/Country]

  • Call the Mayor’s Office!
    Office Phone: (505) 955-6590

    Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the Mayor’s Office to ask for the Mayor’s help on an important issue regarding your Sister city, Icheon 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 Icheon 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!
    .@2000happy .@SantaFeGov .@javiermgonzales Plz urge Sister City, Icheon, Korea-Stop Torturing & Eating Dogs & Cats!


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