[Campaign Closed] Friendship City Campaign – Seoul Dongjak, South Korea – Surrey, British Columbia, Canada

[Update: August 29, 2017] Mayor of Surrey responds to call to action against the dog meat trade.

We had received an email response from the Mayor’s Office of Surrey, British Columbia regarding our campaign. We asked Surrey to take action against the dog meat trade in Seoul Dongjak, South Korea.

They informed us that Surrey will be terminating the Friendship City agreement with Dongjak and that they will contact the Mayor of Dongjak to ensure they understand that their agreement has been terminated. The Mayor’s office did not state the reason for terminating the Friendship city relationship but we assume it is because of the illegal dog meat industry operating in Dongjak. Click HERE to learn more.

Mayor Linda Hepner of Surrey, British Columbia: Tell Friendship City, Seoul Dongjak, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Dongjak Mayor Chang-Woo Lee

Seoul Dongjak Mayor Chang-Woo 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.

Seoul Dongjak became Friendship city with Surrey, British Columbia in 2000.

In Seoul Dongjak, 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 Seoul Dongjak’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 180 Health Food Shops and 79 restaurants in the vicinity of Seoul Dongjak.

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 Seoul Dongjak to supply these outlets.

Seoul Dongjak District Dog Meat Industry

Seoul Dongjak District Dog Meat Industry

Korean TV news about Seoul Gyeongdong Dog Meat Market:

Gyeongdong Market in Seoul, South Korea

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

Would you please watch the undercover videos from 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 email:
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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    13450 104 Avenue
    Surrey, BC V3T 1V8

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Dongjak Mayor Chang-Woo Lee:
    Mayor Chang-Woo Lee
    Seoul Dongjak District Hall
    161 Jangseungbaegi-ro, Dongjak-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 06928
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이창우 동작구청장님
    서울 동작구청
    (06928) 서울특별시 동작구 장승배기로 161
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page.
    Seoul Dongjak
    Seoul Dongjak Mayor Chang-Woo Lee

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Hepner and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Surrey should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Dongjak Mayor Chang-Woo 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: 604-591-4126

    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, Seoul Dongjak 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 Seoul Dongjak 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

    .@dongjaksarang .@seoulmania Mayor Hepner Plz Urge Friendship City Seoul, Dongjak, Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs cats

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

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