[Campaign Closed] Friendship City Campaign – Seoul Nowon-District, South Korea – Irvine, California

[Update September 2, 2016] Once again we received a response we have hoped for from the City of Irvine. Mayor Steven S. Choi immediately communicated his concerns to the Mayor of Nowon-gu and requested that he do everything in his power to address the animal cruelty in their dog meat industry. Click HERE to read more and send thank you email to Mayor and the City Council of Irvine.

Mayor Steven S. Choi of Irvine: Tell Friendship City, Seoul Nowon District, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

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 Nowon District Mayor Seong-Hwan Kim

Seoul Nowon District Mayor Seong-Hwan Kim

Seoul Nowon District became Friendship city with Irvine in 2008.

Universities, culture, art, high-end shops, and fashionable streets – all can be found within Nowon District in the ‘City of Education Center and Green Welfare’; regrettably, so can the so-called ‘health-food centers’, places that brutally slaughter dogs and cats, to be served up as food and drinks.

There are countless dog 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 Nowon District’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 Food 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 122 Health Food Centers; and 51 restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Seoul Nowon District alone.

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

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

Video: Media Triage: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea.

Call for Action

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Email:
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  • Send message through Facebook pages:
    City of Irvine
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor Steven S. Choi
    City Council
    1 Civic Center Plaza
    Irvine, CA 92606

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Nowon District Mayor Seong-Hwan Kim:
    Mayor Seong-Hwan Kim
    Seoul Nowon District Office
    437 Nohae-ro, (Sanggye-dong 701-1), Nowon-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 01689
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:

    김성환 구청장님
    서울 노원구청
    [01689] 서울시 노원구 노해로 437(상계동)
    South Korea

  • Call Mayor’s office: 949-724-6233
  • Send a Twitter message!
    .@goodnowon .@seoulmania .@City_of_Irvine Mayor Choi, Plz urge Friendship City, Seoul Nowon,Stop Kill/Eating of Dogs

Suggested message to the Mayor of Irvine

Dear Mayor Steven S. Choi and the City Council members:

Would you please watch the undercover videos from South Korea’s dog meat industry:

Seoul Nowon District is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 122 Health Food Centers which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 51 dog meat soup restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Seoul Nowon District alone.

Irvine should not be a Friendship city to any city/district that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Seoul Nowon District Mayor Seong-Hwan Kim to close down all illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers, and restaurants that serve their 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]


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  1. Ligia bonatto
    Ligia bonattoSeptember 7,16

    Stop killing living beings

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