Friendship City Campaign – Paju, South Korea – Glendale, California

Mayor Vartan Gharpetian of Glendale: 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 Glendale in 2012.

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 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 selling Dog Elixir in Paju, South KoreaShown 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 140 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.

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Naver search of Paju Boshintang_080116

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 Glendale Mayor TODAY!

Glendale Mayor Vartan Gharpetian

Glendale Mayor Vartan Gharpetian

  • Send Email:
    [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Mayor’s Office
    City of Glendale
    613 East Broadway, Suite 200
    Glendale, CA 91206

    Send a copy of your letter to the 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:
    (우 10932) 경기도 파주시 시청로 50
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Vartan Gharpetian

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Gharpetian and the City Council members,

    We thank you for taking action by contacting Mayor Young-Rok Yoo, of your Sister City, Gimpo, South Korea, by stating your disapproval of inhumane treatment of those dogs and cats which go into the meat trades in that city.

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

    Do you think that Glendale 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: 818-548-4844, 818-550-4400

    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] Mayor Gharpetian, Plz Urge Friendship City Paju, Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs

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

    DAN LEONJuly 13,17


  2. cynthia mann
    cynthia mannJuly 21,17

    sickening, sad and so wrong!

  3. Mark Meyer
    Mark MeyerMarch 10,18

    The torture and suffering inflicted on these dogs and cats is sick. It’s beyond comprehension how any society in the 21 century can allow such a barbaric practice such as this to go on.

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