Friendship City Campaign – Incheon Ganghwa District, South Korea – Whatcom County, Washington

Whatcom County Council Chairman Barry Buchanan: Tell Friendship City, Incheon Ganghwa District, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Incheon Ganghwa District Mayor Sang-Bok Lee

Incheon Ganghwa District Mayor Sang-Bok Lee

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.

Incheon Ganghwa District became Friendship city with Whatcom County in 2000.

In Incheon Ganghwa District, 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.


Videos of Incheon Ganghwa District Dog Farms and Slaughterhouses: SaveKoreanDogs

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Incheon Ganghwa District’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: 43 Health Food Centers; and 15 restaurants in the vicinity of Incheon Ganghwa District.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Incheon Ganghwa District in order to supply all of these outlets.
Friendship City Campaign - Incheon Ganghwa County, South Korea – Whatcom County, Washington

Friendship City Campaign - Incheon Ganghwa County, South Korea – Whatcom County, Washington

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

Please sign petition, call, write and email the Whatcom County Council TODAY!

Whatcom County Council Chairman Barry Buchanan

Whatcom County Council Chairman Barry Buchanan

To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Send email:
    [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Whatcom County Council Chairman Barry Buchanan
    311 Grand Avenue
    Suite 105
    Bellingham, WA 98225

    Send a copy of your letter to Incheon Ganghwa District Mayor Sang-Bok Lee:
    Ganghwa District Mayor Sang-Bok Lee
    Incheon Ganghwa District Government
    394 Ganghwa-daero, Ganghwa-eup, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon
    Postal Code 23031
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이상복 강화군수
    인천 강화군청
    [23031] 인천광역시 강화군 강화읍 강화대로 394
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Incheon Ganghwa District

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear County Council Chairman Buchanan and the County Council members,

    We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry:,
    Videos of Incheon Ganghwa District dog farms/slaughterhouses:

    Do you think that Whatcom County should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Incheon Ganghwa District Mayor Sang-Bok Lee 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 Council Chairman’s Office! Phone: 360-778-5010
    Fax: 360-778-5011
  • Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the Council Chairman’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your Friendship city, Incheon Ganghwa District 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 county 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 Incheon Ganghwa District 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, Incheon Ganghwa,Korea-Stop Torture/Eating Dogs


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

    GABRIELA VARGASJanuary 29,17


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