Friendship City Campaign – Jeonju, South Korea – Florence, Italy

This campaign has been replaced with a new campaign. 👉 Click HERE to take action on the updated campaign page.

Update: October 12, 2021

In Jeonju, there are still countless dog meat restaurants and businesses that commonly sells products made with dogs. 👉 Click HERE to see “CARE raids dog farms and slaughterhouse in Jeonju that kills dogs by sticking a knife into the neck and let them bleed to death in agony.”

Videos: CARE and Watchdog raid dog farms and slaughterhouse in Jeonju that kills dogs by sticking a knife into the neck and let them bleed to death in agony.

Update – July 27, 2018: It’s official! Jeonju is going “Dog Meat Free”.

Nami Kim ( has shared the uplifting news that her team held a further meeting with Jeonju’s Mayor Kim Seung-Su, and they have now received his official confirmation that Jeonju is going to be a “Dog Meat Free” city. And, action has already begun with a draft in place for a “Dog Meat Free” animal welfare master plan.
Click HERE to learn more.

Update – March 28, 2018: The City of Jeonju and Animal Protection Group Work Together to Send Rescued Dogs from Osongje to Their Forever Homes!

In 2017, the city of Jeonju created an animal welfare group in an effort to improve animal welfare policies and projects, and has pursued research projects to create an animal welfare master plan for the city. Through the research project, the city plans to: conduct a survey among companion and livestock animals related occupational groups on animal welfare, and their perception of animals; establish basic direction and policy goals on animal welfare for the city; identify detailed strategic projects based on the policy goals, and build an animal welfare system that encourages participation of all classes of residents.
Click HERE to learn more.

Mayor Dario Nardella of Florence: Tell Friendship City, Jeonju, 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.

Jeonju Mayor Seung-Su Kim

Jeonju Mayor Seung-Su Kim

Jeonju became Friendship city with Florence in 2007.
Jeonju is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. If you have ever wondered what hell would be like, just visit the dog slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants scattered all throughout Jeonju. There are countless dog 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.

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Jeonju’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 223 Health Food Centers; and 30 restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Jeonju alone.

If every one of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, it is too awful to think how many dog/cat farms and slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Jeonju to supply all of these outlets – and those that might appear under a different ‘search’.

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

Video: Media Triage: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea.

Call for Action

Suggested message to the Mayor of Florence in Italian Signor Sindaco della Città di Firenze Dott. Dario Nardella e Gent.mi Signori componenti del Consiglio Comunale di Firenze.
Vi chiedo cortesemente di guardare i seguenti video in merito al commercio della carne di cane in Sud Corea:

E’ possibile che Firenze possa sigillare un patto d’ amicizia con una città che permette di torturare i cani e i gatti per poi mangiarli?

Vi prego di intervenire, chiedendo al Sindaco di Jeonju, Seung-Su Kim di chiudere tutti gli allevamenti e i macelli illegali di cani, i trasporti ed i ristoranti che servono questi prodotti animali. E’ on-line questa petizione per ottenere il Vostro supporto per mettere fine a questo orrendo e crudele commercio sudcoreano di carne di cane e di gatto:
Grazie per un Vostro cortese riscontro.

[Nome e Cognome – Città]

Suggested message to the Mayor of Florence

Dear Mayor Dario Nardella and the City Council members:

Would you please watch the undercover videos from South Korea’s dog meat industry:

Florence should not be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Jeonju Mayor Seung-Su Kim to close down all illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers, and restaurants that serve their 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]

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

  1. jo Rogers
    jo RogersJune 10,16

    THE WORLD’s most cruelest torture to dogs must be stopped!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Ewa Perczak
    Ewa PerczakJune 10,16

    it’s awful, how can they think that stupid think that eating dog’s and cat’s meat is good for health ? only the backward people in the world could think that ? !!!

  3. Lesley Blissett
    Lesley BlissettJune 10,16

    Dogs and cats are NOT for eating! Dogs especially are much more than “just an animal”, they help the blind, the deaf and the infirm, they smell out cancer in its earliest of stages, they work for the police, they smell out drugs and explosives and above all they keep the lonely company! DOGS ARE EXCEPTIONAL, THEY ARE NOT FOR BEING TREATED CRUELLY OR FOR FOOD! Treating dogs as they are being treated in Jeonju is positively medieval, this clearly demonstrates that despite South Korea’s industries the people of South Korea are a backward people, they are NOT fit for the 21st century! People who are brutal, abhorrent, savage, barbaric, evil and vile do NOT belong in the 21st century! You have to be all of these things to be involved in such an abhorrent business!

  4. pauline bartel
    pauline bartelJune 10,16

    Supposed educated country!!!Please stop this now…

      BETH WILLIAMSJune 11,16

      Your awesome!

  5. Denine Mishoe
    Denine MishoeJune 10,16

    We are no longer barbarians that eat anything in site! This is the 21st century; we’re supposed to be cultured and civilized now! But to be eating dogs and cats, that have been domestic pets around the world for centuries, would show humans are still animals and uncivilized!! PLEASE STOP THIS!!

  6. christa.oostenrijk
    christa.oostenrijkJune 12,16


  7. Gondal
    GondalJune 12,16

    Nous devons signer les pétitions afin qu’on arrête de faire souffrir les chiens et chats en Asie

  8. Dariusz Zdziarski
    Dariusz ZdziarskiJune 21,16

    Stop torture dogs and cats !!!!

  9. Jean Clelland-Morin
    Jean Clelland-MorinJuly 8,16

    VEGANISM is the Only Logical and Moral response.

  10. Mary Stacy
    Mary StacyJuly 25,16


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