[Campaign Closed] Friendship City Campaign – Busan Namgu, South Korea – Latrobe, Victoria, Australia

[Update] Latrobe, Australia not Friendship City with Busan Nam-gu.

We have received a response from the city of Latrobe, Victoria, Australia regarding our campaign/petition. The city of Latrobe informed us that they do not have a Friendship City relationship with Busan Nam-gu.
Our campaign was created based on the information from the Governors Association of Korea’s database but it seems that this is an error.
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Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan of Latrobe: Tell Friendship City, Busan Namgu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Busan Namgu Mayor Jong-Cheol Lee

Busan Namgu Mayor Jong-Cheol Lee

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.

Busan Namgu became Friendship city with Latrobe in 2016.

In Busan Namgu, 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 Busan Namgu’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 97 Health Food Shops and 25 restaurants in the vicinity of Busan Namgu.

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 Busan Namgu to supply these outlets.

Busan Namgu, South Korea

Busan Namgu, South Korea

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 addresses are removed because campaign is now closed.
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    City of Latrobe
    PO Box 264, Morwell VIC 3840

    Send a copy of your letter to Busan Namgu Mayor Jong-Cheol Lee:
    Mayor Jong-Cheol Lee
    Busan Namgu Office
    19 Motgol-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Postal Code 48452
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이종철 부산 남구청장님
    부산 남구청
    (우)48452 부산광역시 남구 못골로 19
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Kellie O’Callaghan
    Busan Namgu

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor O’Callaghan and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Latrobe should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Busan Namgu Mayor Jong-Cheol Lee 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: Phone: 1300 367 700
    Fax: (03) 5128 5672

    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, Busan Namgu 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 Busan Namgu 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

    .@bsnamgu .@BusanCityGovt .@latrobecity .@KellieOc Plz Urge Friendship City Busan Namgu, S Korea-Stop torturing dogs

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

  1. Perczak Ewa
    Perczak EwaSeptember 9,17

    I cannot believe that the people do not react on this !!!! it’s unworthy for man !!! it’s must be stopped !!!

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