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 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 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 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 106 Health Food Shops and 9 restaurants in the vicinity of Namwon.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be in the vicinity of Namwon to supply 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.

Call for Action

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