Friendship City Campaign – Cheonan, South Korea – Prince George’s County, Maryland

County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III of Prince George’s County: Tell Friendship City, Cheonan, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Cheonan Mayor Bon-Yeong Gu

Cheonan Mayor Bon-Yeong Gu

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.

Cheonan became Friendship city with Prince George’s County in 2017.
In Cheonan, 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.

Please watch the undercover videos from Cheonan’s 911 Dog Auction Market:


A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Cheonan’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 271 Health Food Shops and 155 restaurants in the vicinity of Cheonan.

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 Cheonan to supply these outlets.

Cheonan, South Korea's Dog Meat Industry

Cheonan, South Korea's Dog Meat Industry

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

Call for Action

  • Send Email:
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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):County Executive
    14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr.
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-3050

    Send a copy of your letter to Cheonan Mayor Bon-Yeong Gu:
    Mayor Bon-Yeong Gu
    Cheonan City Hall
    156, Beonyeong-ro, Seobuk-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, Postal Code 31162
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    구본영 천안시장님
    (31162) 충남 천안시 서북구 번영로 156
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Prince George’s County
    Prince George’s County Council
    Cheonan Mayor Bon-Yeong Gu

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Friendship City – Cheonan, South Korea

    Dear County Executive Baker and the County Council members,

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

    Do you think that Prince George’s County should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Cheonan Mayor Bon-Yeong Gu 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: 301-952-4131

    Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the County Executive’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your Friendship city, Cheonan 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 county would wish to be made aware of this issue, as they 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 Cheonan 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.
    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

    .@fastcheonansi .@echungnam .@PGCCouncilMedia .@CountyExecBaker Plz Urge Friendship City Cheonan, Korea-Stop the torture and eating of dogs and cats

No matter where you live, PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends, especially those who live in Prince George’s County!

  1. alessandra mellina bares
    alessandra mellina baresMay 1,18

    finquando la legge non verrà fatta rispettare e questo scempio continuerà, starò estremamente attenta che nessuna delle persone che conosco faccia acquisti provenienti -anche solo in piccola parte- dalla Korea.

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