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[Campaign Closed] Updated Sister City Campaign – Gimpo, South Korea – Glendale, California

[Update February 14, 2017] Once again supportive Glendale responds to call to action against the dog meat trade.

On February 14, 2017, we received another positive response from the City of Glendale, regarding our campaign protesting their Sister City, Gimpo’s dog meat cruelty. Ms. Eliza Papazian from the City of Glendale’s Management Services sent us an email letter, as below, in which she states “The City of Glendale has and continues to work in conjunction with our local Korean Sister City Association and Gimpo representatives to monitor this situation and ensure that these atrocities do not continue to occur.”
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Mayor Paula Devine of Glendale, California: Tell Sister City, Gimpo, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gimpo Mayor Young-Rok Yoo

Gimpo Mayor Young-Rok Yoo

Our campaign, asking for the Mayor of Glendale, California to support us, by contacting the Mayor of Sister city Gimpo, has been partially successful, in that Mayor Sinanyan did raise our concerns with his Korean counterpart, Mayor Young-Rok Yoo. This is good news as it is encouraging to know that Glendale is prepared to take positive action, and are willing to ‘better understand South Korean standards, practices, laws … cultural differences’, etc. etc. But, in response, Mayor Young-Rok Yoo’s office has done nothing more than to give the ‘standard’ assurance to Glendale that their country’s animal treatment laws etc. are being adhered to. We know that this cannot be the case.

We found dog valley in Gimpo yesterday. Has an awful feeling being in the saddle of a mountain with about 10 dog farms all in the same small area, most with tall steel fences so you cannot see in, and everyone watching you as you drive in and out. Very odd feeling. – A source in Korea.

Click HERE for our previous campaign.
Click HERE for the response we received from Glendale Mayor’s Office.

Video: KARA. Dog farm with more than 2,000 “meat dogs” in in Gimpo, South Korea.

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Health Food Center in Gimpo

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Gimpo’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: 151 Health Food Centers; and 129 dog meat restaurants in and around the city of Gimpo.

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 farms and slaughterhouses must be present in and around Gimpo in order to supply all of these outlets.

Sister City Campaign – Gimpo, South Korea

Sister City Campaign – Gimpo, South Korea

We are now asking Glendale to follow up their initial contact by continuing to urge Gimpo to stop the dog/cat meat trades in their city; trades which are not adhering to their animal treatment laws and which employ brutal and inhumane methods of rearing and slaughtering their meat-dogs.

Video: Dog farms/slaughterhouses in Gimpo, South Korea. CARE (Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth)

To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.

Please sign, call and email to the Glendale Mayor Paula Devine today!

Glendale Mayor Paula Devine

Glendale Mayor Paula Devine

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Click HERE to send an online message!
  • Send emails!
  • VGharpetian@GlendaleCA.GOV; zsinanyan@glendaleca.gov; lfriedman@glendaleca.gov; anajarian@glendaleca.gov; pdevine@glendaleca.gov; SOchoa@glendaleca.gov; RCastro@glendaleca.gov; BGanley@glendaleca.gov; rmanoukian@glendaleca.gov; jduran@glendaleca.gov; ccleary@glendaleca.gov; mdoyle@glendaleca.gov; belliot@glendaleca.gov; mflynn@glendaleca.gov; hhaghani@glendaleca.gov; PLanzafame@GlendaleCA.GOV; MJGarcia@glendaleca.gov; akassakhian@glendaleca.gov; hscoggins@glendaleca.gov; szurn@glendaleca.gov; RGolanian@glendaleca.gov; greengimpo@korea.kr;

  • Call the Mayor’s Office! 818-548-4844, 818-550-4400
    Glendale City Council Members
    Laura Friedman
    Ara Najarian
    Zareh Sinanyan
    Vartan Gharpetian
  • Send letter! (Use below suggested message or petition):
    Mayor Paula Devine
    613 East Broadway, Suite 200
    Glendale, CA 91206 USA

    Send a copy of your letter to Gimpo Mayor Young-Rok Yoo:
    Mayor Young-Rok Yoo
    Gimpo Government
    Saujungro1 Gimpo-si Gyeonggi-do
    Postal Code 10109
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:

    김포시청
    유영록 김포시장님
    경기도 김포시 사우중로 1(사우동) 10109
    South Korea

  • Send a Twitter message!
    .@MyGlendale .@gimpomaru .@ggholic Mayor Devine,Plz urge Sister City,Gimpo-Stop Killing Dogs https://goo.gl/6krwJj https://youtu.be/_Kt8RXNpGEs

Suggested message:

Dear Mayor Paula Devine and the City Council members:

We thank you for taking action by contacting Mayor Young-Rok Yoo, of your Sister City, Gimpo, South Korea, by stating your disapproval of any inhumane treatment of those dogs and cats which go into the meat trades in that city; and also for your willingness to learn more about the cultural differences between your two cities.

We are aware of the response that Gimpo gave, but are asking you, once again, to confront them on this issue. The dogs and cats in the meat trades are not raised humanely, as can be seen in various recorded evidence: the animals are raised in a permanently neglected state; they are transported in completely inhumane ways, and then they are brutally slaughtered.

We ask you to please watch this video from a massive “meat dog” farm with thousands of dog in Gimpo: https://youtu.be/uNCl-EkzKv8 https://www.ekara.org/activity/post/view/113831 Dogs in horrendous conditions are being slaughtered by hanging in their cages while other dogs look with utter terror. The dog farmer explains that they are hanged to save on electricity used to electrocute them!

To raise these animals in accordance with modern-day acceptable and humane standards – proper accommodation, food and veterinary treatment, acceptable transportation, and humane slaughtering – would result in a prohibitive sale cost for each animal. These dog farmers are only raising these animals for profit. And, many South Koreans believe that eating these miserable dogs is beneficial for their health – a ludicrous and disproved belief.

Mayor Paula Devine, this is not just a matter of different cultural practices; and we urge you to have another look at the evidence – we urge you to once again contact Mayor Young-Rok Yoo, and to once again ask him to end the brutal dog and cat meat trades being carried out in his city.

We thank you, in advance, for your reply,

[Your Name & City, Country]

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  1. vibeke hansen
    vibeke hansenJuly 29,16

    stop this evil from peoble on animal— animal are not evil !!!!!

  2. Mary Murphy
    Mary MurphyJuly 29,16

    All over the world we recognise the value of dogs in our lives and cultures. They are the fellow creatures who have evolved with us. They are patient, tolerant and brave for us. They deserve our respect. WE must do all we can to honour and care for them too.

  3. Shirley Constas
    Shirley ConstasJuly 29,16

    This horror must end

  4. Hanny Overklift
    Hanny OverkliftJuly 29,16

    This horror must be stopped! I cannot understand that evil, they must have the devil inside their minds. If there was a god, why doesn´t he protect them from those devils! It’s still a third worldcountry…

  5. lee joines
    lee joinesJuly 29,16

    there is no god as you can see.

  6. Jean Arger- Hutson
    Jean Arger- HutsonJuly 29,16

    Disgusting!!!!! Stop the brutal behavior!

  7. Elizabeth Evans
    Elizabeth EvansJuly 30,16

    We must all stand up and boycott Koria. I would never knowingly buy anything from that country while they treat animals with such cruelty

  8. kwong tsz leung
    kwong tsz leungJuly 31,16

    Shame on you. stop eating dogs & cats!!

  9. Sherry Compton
    Sherry ComptonOctober 31,16

    Ugly, sadistic, evil people! Despicable torture of gentle, feeling creatures!

  10. Perczak Ewa
    Perczak EwaOctober 31,16

    it’s terrible, I have no words to say how I feel !!! we have to do everything we can to stop this !!! whoever close the eyes on this horrendous situation is the same as the one who does this !!! I can not understand how the people can be so cruel against the dogs and the cats !!! they live close to us since so long time !!!! they are like our family , like the children !!! we have a power to be good and to be bad !!! and I see that a lot of people choose to be bad !!!

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