Friendship City Campaign – Jeonju, South Korea – Honolulu, Hawaii

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 – 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 Kirk Caldwell of Honolulu: Tell Friendship City, Jeonju, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Jeonju Mayor Seung-Su Kim

Jeonju Mayor Seung-Su Kim

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 became Friendship city with Honolulu in 2004.

In Jeonju, 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.


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 217 Health Food Centers; and 27 restaurants in the vicinity of Jeonju.

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 Jeonju to supply these outlets.

Friendship City Campaign - Jeonju, South Korea – Honolulu, Hawaii

Friendship City Campaign - Jeonju, South Korea – Honolulu, Hawaii

Friendship City Campaign - Jeonju, South Korea – Honolulu, Hawaii

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
  • Send an email to Mayor Kirk Caldwell!(Use the below-suggested message or petition for email text)
    Click HERE to send an online message!
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    City of Honolulu
    530 South King Street, Room 300
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

    Send a copy of your letter to Jeonju Mayor Seung-Su Kim:
    Mayor Seung-Su Kim
    Jeonju Government
    10 Nosonggwangjang-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabukdo-do, Postal Code 54994
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    김승수 전주시장님
    (54994) 전라북도 전주시 완산구 노송광장로 10
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Honolulu
    Mayor Kirk Caldwell

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Caldwell and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Honolulu should 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 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: Phone: (808) 768-4141
    Fax: (808) 768-5552

    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, Jeonju 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 Jeonju 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

    .@smartjeonju .@jeonbukstar .@HonoluluGov .@MayorKirkHNL Urge Friendship City Jeonju, Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs


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

  1. Irena Franchi
    Irena FranchiFebruary 25,17

    Please, stop the Dog and Cat Consumption in S. Korea.

  2. Irena Franchi
    Irena FranchiFebruary 25,17

    Stop the Dog and Cat Consumption in S. Korea.

    GABRIELA VARGASFebruary 26,17


  4. Terry Jordan
    Terry JordanFebruary 27,17

    This is a barbaric practice and MUST be stopped. I will never buy anything from S. Korea until they become more humane and compassionate.

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