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 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 public and 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 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 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: 100 Health Food Shops; and 45 restaurants in and around Seoul Seocho District.

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 and around Seoul Seocho District in order to supply all of 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.

Please sign petition, call, write and email the Southwark Mayor TODAY!

Southwark Mayor Charlie Smith

Southwark Mayor Charlie Smith

  • Send Email:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Mayor’s Office
    Southwark Council
    PO BOX 64529
    London SE1P 5LX
    United Kingdom

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Seocho District Mayor Eun-Hee Cho:
    Mayor Eun-Hee Cho
    Seoul Seocho District Office
    2584 Nambusoonhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 06750
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    조은희 서초구청장님
    (06750) 서울특별시 서초구 남부순환로 2584
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    The London Borough of Southwark
    Seoul Seocho Mayor Eun-Hee Cho
    Seoul Seocho District

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Smith and the members of the Southwark Council,

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

    Do you think that The London Borough of Southwark should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Seocho District Mayor Eun-Hee Cho 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: phone: 020 7525 0220

    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 Seocho District in South Korea.

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that district, 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 borough would wish to be made aware of this issue, as they would not want to be affiliated with a district 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 Seocho District 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

    .@seochonews .@seoulmania .@lb_southwark .@SouthwarkMayor Plz Urge Friendship City, Seoul Seocho-Stop torturing dogs

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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