[Campaign Closed] Friendship City Campaign – Gyeongsan, South Korea – San Bernadino, California

The mayor of San Bernadino responds, no active partnership with Gyeongsan.

We have received a response through a Facebook message from Mayor R. Carey Davis, of San Bernadino, California regarding our campaign. We asked them to take action over the dog-meat trade in Gyeongsan, South Korea. We are grateful to the mayor and his office for responding to our concerns. However, it would have been more effective if the mayor had addressed this issue with their Friendship city, even if they no longer have an active partnership. Click HERE to learn more.

Mayor R. Carey Davis of San Bernadino: Tell Friendship City, Gyeongsan, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gyeongsan Mayor Young-Jo Choi

Gyeongsan Mayor Young-Jo Choi

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.

Gyeongsan became Friendship city with San Bernadino in 2001.

In Gyeongsan, 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 public and in broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry and are subject to the same cruelty.


Friendship City Campaign - Gyeongsan, South Korea – San Bernadino, California

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Gyeongsan’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 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 173 Health Food Centers; and 35 restaurants in the vicinity of Gyeongsan.

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 Gyeongsan to supply these outlets.
Friendship City Campaign - Gyeongsan, South Korea – San Bernadino, California

Friendship City Campaign - Gyeongsan, South Korea – San Bernadino, California

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

Please watch the documentary on the South Korea’s dog meat industry:

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

Call for Action

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Click HERE to send an online message to the Mayor R. Carey Davis. (Use the below-suggested message or petition for email text)
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    City of San Bernadino
    300 North D Street, 6th Floor
    San Bernardino, CA 92418 USA

    Send a copy of your letter to Gyeongsan Mayor Young-Jo Choi:
    Mayor Young-Jo Choi
    Gyeongsan City Hall
    159 Nammae-ro, Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Postal Code 38617
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    최영조 경산시장님
    (우)38617 경상북도 경산시 남매로 159
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: San Bernadino
    Mayor R. Carey Davis

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Davis and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that San Bernadino should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gyeongsan Mayor Young-Jo Choi 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 (909) 384-5133
    Fax (909) 384-5067

    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, Gyeongsan 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 Gyeongsan 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

    .@GyeongSan_City .@gyeongsangbukdo .@sbcitygov .@SBMayorDavis Urge Friendship City Gyeongsan,Korea-Stop killing dogs


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

  1. Perczak Ewa
    Perczak EwaMarch 8,17

    I am terrified and I can not understand how civilized countries can maintain social contacts with countries and where dogs and cats are tortured! We who love our dogs and our cats and consider them as family members !!!

    GABRIELA VARGASMarch 10,17


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