Friendship City Campaign – Paju, South Korea – Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Mayor Richard Stewart of Coquitlam, British Columbia: Tell Friendship City, Paju, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Paju Mayor Jae-Hong Lee

Paju Mayor Jae-Hong 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.

Paju became Friendship city with Coquitlam in 2009.

In Paju, 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 Paju’s dog meat demand.

Health Food Shop in Paju 071117Shown 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: 137 Health Food Shops; and 141 restaurants in the vicinity of Paju.

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 the vicinity of Paju in order to supply all of these outlets.

Paju, South Korea

Paju, South Korea

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 Coquitlam Mayor TODAY!

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart

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

    Mayor’s Office
    City of Coquitlam
    3000 Guildford Way,
    Coquitlam, BC V3B 7N2

    Send a copy of your letter to Paju Mayor Jae-Hong Lee:
    Mayor Jae-Hong Lee
    Paju City Hall
    50 Sicheong-ro, Paju, Gyeonggi-do Province, Postal Code 10932
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이재홍 파주시장님
    (우 10932) 경기도 파주시 시청로 50
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Richard Stewart

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Stewart and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Coquitlam should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Paju Mayor Jae-Hong 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: 604-927-3001

    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, Paju 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 Paju 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] [email protected] Plz Urge FriendshipCity Paju,Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs

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

  1. rose brooks
    rose brooksJuly 31,17

    This primitive, inhuman practice of torture and murder of sentient creatures which is prevalent in south korea surely cannot be approved by the sister cities throughout the world. It is shameful of a country which has no interest in moving forward, no interest in implementing the laws which are in place, no interest in educating their ignorant is a blot on the modern world and should be shown up as the antithesis to humanity.

  2. G. Cramer
    G. CramerAugust 2,17

    Thank you for all these addresses, I am writing, sending letters, and signing everything on this horrendous inhumane practice!! I hope with all our efforts and the Koreans being soon in the lime light globally for the Olympic games, that this can finally be stopped. It saddens me to see how horrific some people can be

  3. sandra Lazaridis
    sandra LazaridisAugust 2,17

    Please boycott everything from this evil country!! Do not buy KIA,HYUNDAI,SAMSUNG,LG,POSCO,SK,as these companies do have influence,but do nothing! Samsung gave the markets a machine that rips the fur off the dogs alive.These are not human beings.They enjoy inflicting pain and suffering on innocent animals. They have lost their dignity as human beings. Shame on all of them for condoning this brutal and disgusting dog and cat meat trade.

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