Friendship City Campaign – Ansan, South Korea – Tauranga, New Zealand

[Update October 24, 2017 News] Tauranga mayor joins international opposition to the dog meat trade

Our campaign was reported in the New Zealand Herald on October 24, 2017. Click HERE to read.

We have also received a response from Mayor Greg Brownless’s office which stated that he plans to discuss with his fellow councillors about writing to Ansan leaders.

We are grateful to the New Zealand Herald for covering our campaign, and to Mayor Brownless for addressing our concerns. We hope that the mayor and councillors of Tauranga will speak out for the Korean dogs.

Mayor Greg Brownless of Tauranga: Tell Friendship City, Ansan, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Ansan Mayor Yoon Hwa-Seop

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.

Ansan became Friendship city with Tauranga in 2014.
In Ansan, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets, and restaurants where the dogs, who have been 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 subject to the same cruelty.


A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Ansan’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 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 dozens of 202 Health Food Shops and 128 restaurants in the vicinity of Ansan.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be in the vicinity of Ansan to supply these outlets.

Naver Search for Ansan Geongangwon 101817

Naver Search for Ansan Boshintang 101817

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

Call for Action

  • Send Email:
    [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Tauranga City Council
    Private Bag 12022
    Tauranga, 3143
    New Zealand

    Send a copy of your letter to Ansan Mayor Yoon Hwa-Seop:
    Mayor Yoon Hwa-Seop
    Ansan City Hall
    387 Hwarang-ro, Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do
    Postal Code 15335
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    윤화섭 안산시장님
    (15335) 경기도 안산시 단원구 화랑로 387
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Friendship City – Ansan, South Korea

    Dear Mayor Brownless and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Tauranga should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Ansan Mayor Yoon Hwa-Seop 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:
    The favor of your reply is requested.
    Thank you,

    [Your Name & City/Country]

  • Call the Mayor’s Office: To send a voicemail message to all city council members call 07 985 6171 and leave a message.

    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 Friendship city, Ansan in South Korea.

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that city, even though 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 you 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 Ansan 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

    .@ansancityhall .@ggholic .@TgaCouncil Plz Urge Friendship City #Ansan #Korea #StopTorture #Stopdogmeat #Stopcatmeat

No matter where you live, PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends, especially those who live in Tauranga!

  1. Maria
    MariaOctober 25,17

    From Mayor’s answer I see he’s not sure if this will make a difference. Time to email him and tell we ARE sure. I’ll send him a letter right now. Please everyone do so too.

    • admin
      adminOctober 25,17

      Thank you, Maria.

    DAN LEONOctober 25,17


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