Sister City Campaign – Seoul Yongsan-District, South Korea – Sacramento, California
Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento: Tell Sister City, Seoul Yongsan District, 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.
The Brand Slogan for the Yongsan District of Seoul is ‘City of Tomorrow’; they call it the ‘Land of Last Hope’, referring to their expectation for modernization and increased prosperity.
But unless their citizens stop living in the past, by clinging on to their post-war, impoverished outlook – unless they stop the brutal dog and cat-meat trades, Yongsan will never be anything more than a city of ‘lost’ hope.
Yongsan is no longer a poor district, their citizens no longer eat dog and cat-meat products out of necessity; yet this is still a place where dogs and cats are routinely treated cruelly, before being brutally slaughtered – so they can be served up as food and drinks for their many (so-called) ‘health food’ centers and restaurants.
There are countless dog 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.
Let’s tell Yongsan that the true meaning of a ‘Land of Hope’ is one where the dog and cat-meat trades no longer exist.
A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Seoul Yongsan District’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: 88 Health Food Centers; and 41 restaurants in and around the city of Seoul Yongsan District alone.
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 Seoul Yongsan 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.
To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.
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- Send message through Facebook pages:
City of Sacramento
- Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):
Mayor Kevin Johnson
915 I Street, 5th Floor
Sacramento, California 95814
Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Yongsan District Mayor Jang-Hyun Sung:
Mayor Jang-Hyun Sung
Seoul Yongsan District Office
150, Noksapyeong-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Itaewon-dong)
Postal Code 04390
Address in Korean:
04390 서울특별시 용산구 녹사평대로 150 (이태원동)
- Call Mayor’s office: 916-808-5300
- Send a Twitter message!
.@YongSanGu .@sungjanghyun .@seoulmania .@TheCityofSac Myr Johnson, Plz urge Sister City Yongsan, Stop Kill/Eat Dogs http://goo.gl/tkxj5W
Suggested message to the Mayor of Sacramento
Dear Mayor Kevin Johnson and the City Council members:
Please watch the undercover videos from South Korea’s dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q
Seoul Yongsan District is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 88 “Health Food Centers” which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 41 dog meat soup restaurants in and around the city of Seoul Yongsan District alone.
Sacramento should not be a Sister city to any city/district that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Seoul Yongsan District Mayor Jang-Hyun Sung 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/mayor-kevin-johnson-of-sacramento-tell-sister-city-seoul-yongsan-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-torture-eating-of-dogs-cats
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