Friendship City Campaign – Seoul Seocho District, South Korea – The London Borough of Southwark, United Kingdom

Mayor Charlie Smith of The London Borough of Southwark: Tell Friendship City, Seoul Seocho District, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Seocho District Mayor Eun-Hee Cho

Seoul Seocho District Mayor Eun-Hee Cho

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 Seocho District became Friendship city with The London Borough of Southwark in 2009.
In Seoul Seocho District, 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 Seocho 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 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 100 Health Food Shops and 45 restaurants in the vicinity of Seoul Seocho District.

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 Seocho District to supply these outlets.

Seoul Seocho District, South Korea

Seoul Seocho District, South Korea

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

Call for Action

No matter where you live, PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends, especially those who live in The London Borough of Southwark!

  1. Perczak Ewa
    Perczak EwaJuly 24,17

    it’s something so horrible that when I see it my heart stop to beating !!! how the people can do this ? since 500 years ago, we fight against the cruelty against the animals, at first it was Leonard de Vinci, then we have Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Martin Luther King JR, Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, Bouddha, Jane Gooddall, George T. Angell, Albert Einstein, and so many others !!! have the people lost their humanity ? we are all against this !!! we all, we condamn this horrible, unthinkable trade !! this horrendous way of treating the dogs and cats in South Korea and others asian countries !!! how long the governements of these countries will stay blind and do nothing to change it ? how we can tolerate that the alive dogs with the legs cut off, are waiting in their cages to have another leg cut off , for another client ? it’s beyond all understanding !!!!! humanity !!!!! wake up !!! stop this genocide !!! all these people who look at and do nothing, all these people who can decide to stop this and book the other way, are responsible of this nightmare !!! and as M.L.King Jr said “” our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter “”” !!!

  2. Laura Cosentino
    Laura CosentinoJuly 24,17


  3. Merete Verrechia
    Merete VerrechiaJuly 24,17

    ThIs cruelty on dogs has nothing to do with culture. This is a barbaric behavior impossible to accept.

  4. alessandra
    alessandraJuly 25,17

    il comportamento di questi popoli nei confronti dei cani e dei gatti che torturano e si nutrono de quei poveri animali indifesi non riesco altro che definirlo barbaro e crudele, guardateli negli occhi e osservate il terrore e il dolore che si legge

  5. alessandra
    alessandraJuly 25,17

    BARBARI è il minimo che posso dire

  6. nancy Taerud
    nancy TaerudJuly 26,17

    this is so inhumane

  7. mattace vittoria
    mattace vittoriaJuly 26,17

    Siete la vergogna dell’umanità!!! Mai e poi mai verrò a visitare un paese crudele abitato solo da feccia!!!

  8. alessandra
    alessandraJuly 26,17

    posso solo dire che se potessero provare a possedere uno di questi povere vittime e tenerlo vicino come amico capirebbero che ucciderli torturarli e mangiarli è un atto aberrante crudele e barbaro

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