Friendship City Campaign – Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea – Willoughby, New South Wales, Australia

[Update: January 13, 2018] Response from Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor

Our dedicated volunteer Rudy, forwarded us email response which he had received from the Seoul Gangdong-gu mayor. Click HERE to learn more and see our response to Mayor Lee.

Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney of Willoughby, New South Wales, Australia: Tell Friendship City, Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor Hae-Sik Lee

Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor Hae-Sik 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 Gangdong-gu became Friendship city with Willoughby in 2011.

In Seoul Gangdong-gu, 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 Gangdong-gu’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 73 Health Food Shops and 28 restaurants in the vicinity of Seoul Gangdong-gu.

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 Gangdong-gu to supply these outlets.

Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea

Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea

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

Call for Action

  • Send Email:
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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    City of Willoughby
    PO Box 57, Chatswood NSW 2057

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor Hae-Sik Lee:
    Mayor Hae-Sik Lee
    Seoul Gangdong-gu Office
    25 Seongnae-ro, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 05397
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이해식 강동구청장님
    05397 서울시 강동구 성내로 25
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney
    Seoul Gangdong-gu

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Giles-Gidney and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Willoughby should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor Hae-Sik 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: 9777 1001

    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 Gangdong-gu 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 Gangdong-gu 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

    .@gangdongpr .@seoulmania .@willoughbycity .@GailGilesGidney Urge FriendshipCity Seoul Gangdong-Stop torturing dogs

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

  1. Jenai herod
    Jenai herodSeptember 22,17

    I own a Korean car and now want to drive it to the Korean embassy and set it on fire while vowing never to purchase anything from Korea or offering a single act of respect to anyone I meet that even resemble’s some of KOREAN DECENT .I am a non violent person but seeing how these people can be so barbaric and savage to mercilessly torture man’s best friend as they do I HAVE DIFFICULTY RESTR AS INING MY ANGER .PLEASE I’M BEGGING THAT THIS EVIL IS ENDED AT ONCE EVEN IF IT MEANS A BOYCOTT OF KOREAN IMPORTS .THIS IS NOT THE KIND OF BEHAVIOR THAT SHOULD BE ALLOWED BY ANY CIVILIZED MODERN SOCIETY this abuse is more like something you see in hor r or films and CANNOT BE ALLOWED YO CONTINUE anyone who treats a living being so cruelly must be PUNISHED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW . STOP THE evil and barbaric DOG AND CAT MEAT TRADE NOW .

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