Friendship City Campaign – Gwangju, South Korea – Barcelona, Spain

Mayor Ada Colau of Barcelona, Spain: Tell Friendship City, Gwangju, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gwangju Mayor Lee Yong-Seop

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.

Gwangju became Friendship city with Barcelona in 2011.
In Gwangju, 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 Gwangju’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”.

The searches resulted in: 403 Health Food Shops; and 55 restaurants in and around Gwangju.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Shops and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in and around Gwangju in order to supply all of these outlets.
Jeollanam-do Gwangju Dog Meat Industry

Jeollanam-do Gwangju Dog Meat Industry

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

Please sign petition, call, write and email the Barcelona Mayor TODAY!

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau

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  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Señora Alcaldesa de Barcelona
    Doña Ada Colau
    Ayuntamiento de Barcelona
    Plaza Sant Jaume, 1, 08002 Barcelona, España

    Send a copy of your letter to Gwangju Mayor Jang-Hyun Yoon:
    Mayor Lee Yong-Seop
    Gwangju City Hall
    111 Naebang-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju, Jeollanam-do
    Postal Code 61945
    South Korea
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이용섭 광주시장님
    [61945] 광주광역시 서구 내방로 111
    South Korea

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    Mayor Ada Colau
    Mayor Lee Yong-Seop

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message – In Spanish

    Asunto: Barcelona Ciudad Amiga de Gwangju, Corea del Sur

    Estimada Señora Alcaldesa de Barcelona y miembros del Concejo Municipal,

    Respetuosamente pedimos que tenga a bien observar estos videos correspondientes al comercio de carne de perro en Corea del Sur:

    ¿ Considera Usted que Barcelona debería ser Ciudad Amiga de cualquier otra que permita torturar y comer perros y gatos? Por favor, inste al alcalde de Gwangju, Lee Yong-Seop, a que ponga fin a las granjas ilegales de perro, y a los mataderos, mercados, transportes y restaurantes que utilicen productos de aquel origen. Está en curso una petición en línea solicitando su apoyo para terminar con la crueldad inherente a la industria de carnes de perro y gato en Corea del Sur:
    Se solicita el favor de su respuesta.
    Muchas gracias,

    [Su nombre, ciudad y país]

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Friendship City – Gwangju, South Korea

    Dear Mayor Colau and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Barcelona should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gwangju Mayor Lee Yong-Seop 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: +34 934 02 70 00

    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, Gwangju 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 Gwangju 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

    .@dodreamgwangju .@greenjeonnam .@barcelona_cat .@AdaColau Plz Urge FriendshipCity Gwangju,Korea-Stop torturing dogs

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