Friendship City Campaign – Namwon, South Korea – Verona, Italy

Mayor Federico Sboarina of Verona, Italy: Tell Friendship City, Namwon, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Namwon Mayor Hwan Ju Lee

Namwon Mayor Whan-Ju 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.

Namwon became Friendship city with Verona in 2008.

In Namwon, 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 Namwon’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: 106 Health Food Shops; and 9 restaurants in and around Namwon.

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 Namwon in order to supply all of these outlets.

Namwon, South Korea's Dog Meat Industry

Namwon, South Korea's Dog Meat Industry

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

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

Verona Mayor Federico Sboarina

Verona Mayor Federico Sboarina

  • Send Email:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Comune di Verona
    Piazza Bra,1 – 37121 Verona

    Send a copy of your letter to Namwon Mayor Whan-Ju Lee:
    Mayor Whan-Ju Lee
    Namwon City Hall
    60 Sicheong-ro, Namwon, Jeollabuk-do
    Postal Code 55738
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이환주 남원시장님
    [55738] 전라북도 남원시 시청로 60
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Federico Sboarina
    Namwon Mayor

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message (In Italian)

    Subject: Federico Sboarino, síndico di Verona, Italia: dica alla città amica di Namwon, Corea del Sud, che ci opponiamo alla tortura e consumo di cani e gatti. Signor Sindaco della Città di Verona, Dott. Federico Sboarina e Gent.mi Signori componenti del Consiglio Comunale di Verona.

    Vi chiedo cortesemente di guardare i seguenti video in merito al commercio della carne di cane in Sud Corea:

    E’ possibile che Verona 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 Namwon, Whan-Ju Lee, 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.

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Mayor Federico Sboarina of Verona: Tell Friendship City, Namwon, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

    Dear Mayor Sboarina and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Verona should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Namwon Mayor Whan-Ju 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 Mayor’s Office: Tel.: 0039 045 8077111
    Fax: 0039 045 8066483

    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, Namwon 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 Namwon 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

    .@GoodNamwon .@whanjulee .@SboarinaVerona Plz Urge Friendship City Namwon, Korea-Stop torturing, eating dogs & cats

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