Friendship City Campaign – Goryeong-gun, South Korea – Cremona, Italy

Mayor Gianluca Galimberti of Cremona, Italy : Tell Friendship City, Goryeong-gun, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Goryeong-gun Mayor Yong-Hwan Kwak

Goryeong-gun Mayor Yong-Hwan Kwak

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.

Goryeong-gun became Friendship city with Cremona in 2014.

In Goryeong-gun, 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 Goryeong-gun’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 69 Health Food Shops and 15 restaurants in the vicinity of Goryeong-gun.

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 Goryeong-gun to supply these outlets.
Goryeong-gun, South Korea

Goryeong-gun, South Korea

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

Call for Action

  • Click below to send an online message to the Cremona Mayor and council members.
    Mayor Gianluca Galimberti
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    Nome – Name
    Indirizzo e-mail – Email Address
    Click on “Messaggio” on the left.
    Oggetto – Subject
    Scrivi a – Write to
    Select the first option “SpazioComune”.
    Testo del messaggio – Message text
    Click “Invia” – Submit.
  • Send Email:
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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Comune di Cremona
    Piazza del Comune, 8
    (ingresso da SpazioComune, piazza Stradivari, 7)
    26100 Cremona

    Send a copy of your letter to Goryeong-gun Mayor Yong-Hwan Kwak:
    Mayor Yong-Hwan Kwak
    Goryeong-gun Office
    55 Wangleung-ro, Daegaya-eup, Goryeong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Postal Code 40138
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    곽용환 고령군수님
    (40138) 경상북도 고령군 대가야읍 왕릉로 55
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Gianluca Galimberti

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message – In Italian

    Subject: Gianluca Galimberti, sindaco di Cremona, Italia: dica alla città amica di Goryeong-gun, Corea del Sud, che ci opponiamo alla tortura e consumo di cani e gatti. Signor Sindaco della Città di Cremona, Dott. Gianluca Galimberti e Gent.mi Signori componenti della Giunta Comunale di Cremona.

    Vi chiedo cortesemente di guardare i seguenti video in merito al commercio della carne di cane in Sud Corea:

    E’ possibile che Cremona possa sigillare un patto d’ amicizia con una città che permette di torturare i cani e i gatti per poi mangiarli?

    Vi prego di intervenire, chiedendo al Sindaco di Goryeong-gun, Yong-Hwan Kwak, di chiudere tutti gli allevamenti ed i macelli illegali di cani, i trasporti ed i ristoranti che servono questi prodotti animali. E’ on-line questa petizione per ottenere il Vostro supporto per mettere fine a questo orrendo e crudele commercio sudcoreano di carne di cane e di gatto:
    Grazie per un Vostro cortese riscontro.

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Mayor Gianluca Galimberti of Cremona, Italy : Tell Friendship City, Goryeong-gun, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

    Dear Mayor Galimberti and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Cremona should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Goryeong-gun Mayor Yong-Hwan Kwak 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: 0372 4071

    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, Goryeong-gun in South Korea.

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that county, 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 county 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 Goryeong-gun 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

    .@gayadori .@gyeongsangbukdo Mayor Galimberti Plz Urge Friendship City Goryeong-gun, Korea-Stop killing dogs

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

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