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.
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: https://youtu.be/9cfDt1_NNvY
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.”
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.
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
Address in Korean:
(31162) 충남 천안시 서북구 번영로 156
- 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: https://youtu.be/9cfDt1_NNvY
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: https://www.change.org/p/county-executive-rushern-l-baker-iii-of-prince-george-s-county-tell-friendship-city-cheonan-s-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-the-torture-eating-of-dogs
The favor of your reply is requested.
[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 https://goo.gl/FBgjMm
No matter where you live, PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends, especially those who live in Prince George’s County!