Friendship City Campaign – Seoul Seodaemun District, South Korea – Athens-Clarke County, Georgia

Mayor Nancy Denson of Athens-Clarke County: Tell Friendship City, Seoul Seodaemun District, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Seodaemun District Mayor Seok-Jin Moon

Seoul Seodaemun District Mayor Seok-Jin Moon

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 Seodaemun District became Friendship city with Athens-Clarke County in 2015.

In Seoul Seodaemun 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 Seodaemun District’s dog meat demand.

Health Food Shop in Seoul Seodaemun-gu

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 127 Health Food Shops and 47 restaurants in the vicinity of Seoul Seodaemun 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 Seodaemun District to supply these outlets.

Seoul Seodaemun District, South Korea – Athens-Clarke County, Georgia -Friendship City Campaign

Seoul Seodaemun District, South Korea – Athens-Clarke County, Georgia -Friendship City Campaign

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.

Please watch documentary about the South Korea’s dog meat industry:

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

Call for Action

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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    Athens-Clarke County
    301 College Ave.
    Suite 300
    Athens, GA 30601

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Seodaemun District Mayor Seok-Jin Moon:
    Mayor Seok-Jin Moon
    Seoul Seodaemun District Office
    248 Yeonhi-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 03718
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    문석진 서울 서대문구청장님
    (03718) 서울시 서대문구 연희로 248
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Athens-Clarke County
    Mayor Nancy Denson
    Seoul Seodaemun District

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Denson and the County Commissioners,

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

    Do you think that Athens-Clarke County should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Seodaemun District Mayor Seok-Jin Moon 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: 706-613-3010

    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 Seodaemun District in South Korea.

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that district, 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 county 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 Seodaemun 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

    .@sdmtong .@seoulmania .@accgov .@nancybdenson Urge Friendship City Seoul Seodaemun, Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs!


No matter where you live, PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends, especially those who live in Athens-Clarke County!

  1. Julie Tidball
    Julie TidballMarch 30,17

    This is barbaric

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