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Chungju, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

Chungju Mayor Cho Gil-Hyung

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.

In Chungju, 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 broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty.


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A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Chungju’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”.

The searches resulted in: 156 Health Food Shops; and 73 dog meat restaurants in and around Chungju.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Shops 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 Chungju 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.

Call for Action!

Please sign petition, call, write and email the Chungju Mayor and the City Council TODAY!

  • Send emails to the Chungju City Council members:
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  • Click HERE to file petition with the South Korean government through e-People online. (You can use our “Suggested message” below or your own words.)
  • Send letters:
    Mayor Cho Gil-Hyung
    City of Chungju
    21 Eutteum-ro, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
    Postal Code 27339
    South Korea

    Mayor’s address in Korean:
    조길형 충주 시장님
    충주시청
    (27339) 충청북도 충주시 으뜸로 21
    South Korea

    Chungju City Council
    21 Eutteum-ro, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
    Postal Code 27339
    South Korea

    Chungju City Council’s address in Korean:
    충주시의회
    (27339) 충청북도 충주시 으뜸로 21
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook pages:
    Chungju
    Chungju Mayor
    Chungju City Council member Cho Joong-Geun
    Chungju City Council member Kwon Jeong-Hee
    Chungcheongbuk-do Government
    Chungcheongbuk-do Governor
    Chungcheongbuk Provincial Council

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    Subject: Chungju, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

    Petition: Chungju, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.
    https://www.change.org/p/chungju-mayor-cho-gil-hyung-chungju-south-korea-shut-down-the-illegal-dog-meat-farms-slaughterhouses-and-markets

    Dear Mayor Cho Gil-Hyung and the Chungju City Council members,

    Please watch this documentary, “The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea” https://youtu.be/cCdTceduKcY.

    We ask you to take immediate action to crack down on the illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants that serve dog meat in your city. We request that an official document be issued, mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges:

    Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of the Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3. Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation.

    Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2. Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation.

    Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of the Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11. The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area.

    The act of the slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of the slaughtering of a dog, without justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation.

    The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally.

    The slaughter of dogs from an unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1. The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law.

    The slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, the only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act. This is also a violation of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, the slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publically announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.

    The display and sale of dog carcasses in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of the Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning the sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcasses are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning; this can lead to serious and life threatening health complications. There are also strict laws that ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely.

    Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcasses from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption.

    Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates): https://www.ekara.org/activity/against/read/7537 https://koreandogs.org/kara-publishes-legal-information-booklet-ending-dog-meat-consumption/

    The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, “Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry and urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade.” (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/401)

    International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained your city’s image. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested.

    [Your Name & City/Country]

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  1. Margaret Milne
    Margaret MilneSeptember 13,18

    a country of the inhumane – shame on South Korea

  2. TERRI miller
    TERRI millerSeptember 14,18

    I think it’s down right terrible to kill and animal or torture or abuse for the fun of it. God will get you in the end. People that do this wil rot in Hell. God put these animals on earth to be loved not abused or raped or torture. these so called people will end up in hell and burn forever.

  3. DANIEL KALDERON
    DANIEL KALDERONSeptember 14,18

    ASHAME ON YOU SOUTH KOREA =YOUR SICK EVIL BARBARIC INHUMAN NATION AND MORE =STOP THESE CRIMES !!!

  4. jullian j. rexxach
    jullian j. rexxachSeptember 15,18

    shame on you korea… you are a disgusting stone age country. you don’t have any decency and compassion
    for any living animals.

  5. Maryann
    MaryannFebruary 11,19

    All living souls love freedom. God creates human beings and thereafter he created animals for us to care and love them and enjoy their companionship. However, humankind has abused God’s creation and used the animals in the most heinous ways. God promised that those who ruined his creation will be ruined in time to come.

  6. CANDACE LUFFMAN
    CANDACE LUFFMANFebruary 11,19

    DEAR SIR, I am sick to DEATH of your ways, killing all those BEAUTIFUL Dogs & Cats. what the SAM Hill, IS WRONG WITH YOU ALL, CAN’T YOU ALL EAT PLAN MEAT WITHOUT KILLING ANY ANIMALS, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE IT, IF WE STARTED EATING YOU & YOUR PEOPLE. THE SAME WAY YOU ALL ARE EATING THOSE POOR DOGS & CATS? I AM A ANIMAL LOVER, US PEOPLE HERE IN THE USA DO NOT LIKE WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO THE DOGS & CATS. STOP THIS AT ONCE, OR YOUR HEAD WILL ROLL. YOU & YOUR PEOPLE ARE MEAN & HATE FULL. YOU ARE NOT NICE.

  7. Cerise carr
    Cerise carrFebruary 13,19

    THIS IS SO EVIL AND MONSTEROUS TO SEE HOW DOGS AND CATS HAVE BEEN TREATED IN ASIA FOR SO LONG. DOGS AND CATS ARE LOVING LOYAL COMPASIONATE ANIMALS THAT LONG FOR HUMAN TOUCH AND COMPANIONSHIP FROM US. THEY SAVE HUMAN LIVES EVERYDAY AND HELP WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, SEARCH AND RESCUE, POLICEMEN AND ETC. PLEASE STOP THE HORRIFIC TORTURE TO THEM AND END THE DOG AND CAT SLAUGHTER FARMS AND END THE MEAT TRADE. THESE ANIMALS ARE TRULY OUR LOYAL FRIENDS.

  8. Lisa
    LisaSeptember 10,19

    Stop this barbaric evil torture of these innocent souls . Needless extreme cruelty. Utterly disgraceful

  9. Mouli Basu
    Mouli BasuSeptember 10,19

    Please stop all this dogs r friend not meat

  10. Santo
    SantoSeptember 11,19

    The ruler of the country is a psycho. So it’s natural for his subjects as well.

  11. VIKTORIA KIOU
    VIKTORIA KIOUSeptember 15,19

    STOP IT!!!

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