[Campaign Closed] Friendship City Campaign – Donghae, South Korea –Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

[Update: December 29, 2017] Response dated October 31, 2017 received from The City of Saint John.

The response is as below. Even though the response is not what we were hoping for, we are grateful to the City of Saint John for responding to our petition. We hope that “received for information” means that this information will not only be “received for information”, but also be taken into consideration in their future dealings and plans with their Friendship city, Donghae. For now we will close our petition and campaign. We thank all of our supporters who have taken action to contact Saint John.

Response from City of Saint John, NB Canada 103117-00001

Response from City of Saint John, NB Canada 103117

Mayor Don Darling of Saint John, New Brunswick: Tell Friendship City, Donghae, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Donghae Mayor Gyu-Un Shim

Donghae Mayor Gyu-Un Shim

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.

Donghae became Friendship city with Saint John in 2008.

In Donghae, 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 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 Donghae’s dog meat demand.

The searches resulted in dozens of 68 Health Food Centers; and 15 restaurants in the vicinity of Donghae.

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

Friendship City Campaign - Donghae, South Korea –Saint John, Canada

Friendship City Campaign - Donghae, South Korea –Saint John, Canada

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

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

Call for Action

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Email:
    [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Saint John
    Mayor Don Darling
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    City of Saint John
    PO Box 1971 Saint John, New Brunswick
    E2L 4L1

    Send a copy of your letter to Donghae Mayor Gyu-Un Shim:
    Mayor Gyu-Un Shim
    Donghae City Hall
    77, Cheongok-ro, Donghae, Gangwon-do
    Postal Code 25755
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    심규언 동해시장님
    25755 강원도 동해시 천곡로 77
    South Korea

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Darling and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Saint John should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Donghae Mayor Gyu-Un Shim 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: (506) 658-2912

    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, Donghae 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 Donghae 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!

    Twitter text

    .@donghaecity .@happygangwon .@cityofsaintjohn .@dondarlingSJ, Plz Urge FriendshipCity Donghae-Stop Torture/Eat Dogs

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

  1. Anneke
    AnnekeJuly 30,17

    Please stop this horror and save the cats and dogs from this barberic evil peoplel

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