[Campaign Closed] Friendship City Campaign – Goseong-gun, South Korea – Blue Mountains, Australia
[Update: October 12, 2017] Mayor Greenhill informed us that the City of Blue Mountains does not have a formal relationship with any Korean city.
We are grateful to the Mayor Greenhill for responding to our concern so quickly and for correcting us. Our campaign was based on the information on the Goseong-gun’s homepage. We will close our campaign and petition now.
We are also grateful to all of our supporters who have taken action to give a voice to the Korean dogs in the meat trade.
Mayor Mark Greenhill of Blue Mountains, Australia: Tell Friendship City, Goseong-gun, 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.
Goseong-gun became Friendship city with Blue Mountains in 2007.
In Goseong-gun, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are 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 subjected to the same cruelty.
A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Goseong-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 Food Shops” 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’ Food Shops and restaurants nt in and around Goseong-gun in order to supply all of these outlets.
There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.
- Send Email:
Email addresses are removed.
- Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):
City of Blue Mountains
Locked Bag 1005
KATOOMBA NSW 2780
Send a copy of your letter to the Acting Goseong-gun Mayor Si-Han Oh:
The Acting Goseong-gun Mayor Si-Han Oh
130 Seongnae-ro, Goseong-eup, Goseong-gun,Gyeongsangnam-do
Postal Code 52943
Address in Korean:
오시환 고성군수 권한대행
(우 52943) 경상남도 고성군 고성읍 성내로 130
- Send a message through Facebook page:
Suggested email/letter/Facebook message
Subject: Friendship City – Goseong-gun, South Korea.
Dear Mayor Greenhill and the City Council members,
We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry: https://youtu.be/_ZVQjgGb4RQ
Do you think that Blue Mountains should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Goseong-gun Acting Mayor Si-Han Oh 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/mayor-mark-greenhill-of-blue-mountains-australia-tell-friendship-city-goseong-gun-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: International call 0011 61 2 4780 5000
Fax (02) 4780 5555
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, Goseong-gun in South Korea.
If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that city, regardless of the fact that 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 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 Goseong-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!
No matter where you live PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends – especially those who live in Blue Mountains!