Friendship City Campaign – Gwangju, South Korea – Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia

Mayor Graeme Hanger of Bathurst: Tell Friendship City, Gwangju, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gwangju Mayor Eog-Dong Cho

Gwangju Mayor Eog-Dong Cho

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 Bathurst in 2004.

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: 318 Health Food Shops; and 119 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.

Gwangju, South Korea

Gwangju, South Korea

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

Video: CARE. Dogs are fed dead cagemates in dog farm/slaughterhouse in Gwangju, South Korea.

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

Bathurst Mayor Graeme Hanger

Bathurst Mayor Graeme Hanger

  • Send Email:
    [email protected];
  • Click HERE to send online message. (Click “Contact Form”)
  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Bathurst Regional Council
    158 Russell Street or PMB 17
    Bathurst, NSW 2795

    Send a copy of your letter to Gwangju Mayor Eog-Dong Cho:
    Mayor Eog-Dong Cho
    Gwangju City Hall
    50 HaengjeongTown-ro, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do
    Postal Code 12738
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    조억동 광주시장님
    [12738] 경기도 광주시 행정타운로 50
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Hanger and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Bathurst should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gwangju Mayor Eog-Dong Cho 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: Tel. (02) 6333 6111
    Fax (02) 6331 7211

    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

    [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Plz Urge Friendship City Gwangju, S. Korea-Stop torturing/eating dogs/cats

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

  1. Connie Marquez
    Connie MarquezSeptember 20,17

    Stop torturing and eating dogs!

  2. Monika Hawrysz
    Monika HawryszSeptember 29,17

    Save living God’s creature

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