Friendship City Campaign – Suncheon, South Korea – Nantes, France

Nantes, France: Tell Friendship City, Suncheon, South Korea, that you oppose the torture and consumption of dogs and cats.

Suncheon Mayor Choong-Hoon Cho

Suncheon Mayor Choong-Hoon 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.

Suncheon became Friendship city with Nantes, France in 2009.
In Suncheon, 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 Suncheon’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 157 Health Food Shops and 26 restaurants in the vicinity of Suncheon.

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 Suncheon to supply these outlets.
Suncheon Dog Meat Industry 04/18/2018

Suncheon Dog Meat Industry 04/18/2018

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

Call for Action

  • Send Email:
    [email protected]
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Madame le Maire
    Mairie de Nantes
    2, rue de l’Hôtel de Ville
    44094 Nantes cedex 1

    Send a copy of your letter to Suncheon Mayor Choong-Hoon Cho:
    Mayor Choong-Hoon Cho
    Suncheon City Hall
    30 Jangmyeong-ro, Suncheon, Jeollanam-do
    Postal Code 57956
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    조충훈 순천시장님
    (57956) 전라남도 순천시 장명로 30
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Johanna Rolland
    Suncheon Mayor Choong-Hoon Cho

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message (In French)

    Objet: le jumelage entre Nantes et Suncheon, Corée du Sud

    Chère Madame le Maire, mesdames et messieurs les conseillers municipaux.
    Je me permets par ce courrier de solliciter votre soutien pour une grande cause de défense animale. J’espère que celle-ci retiendra toute votre attention. Votre belle ville de Nantes est jumelée avec la ville de Suncheon en Corée du sud.

    Connaissez vous les pratiques dites « culturelles » mais atroces qu’une partie de cette population fait subir aux animaux, chiens et chats de leur région ?Je suis tout à fait consciente que l’Occident ne partage pas les mêmes normes et critères en matière de respect de l’animal mais ce qui ce passe dans cette ville (jumelée à la vôtre) est tout à fait inacceptable.

    Veuillez trouver en pièces jointes quelques vidéos sur l’industrie de la viande de chats et de chiens en Corée du Sud, preuves des horreurs dont ces cette industrie est capable.

    Bien sûr ces images sont insoutenables et ne sont pas pour les âmes sensibles, mais elles sont malheureusement le seul moyen, le seul électrochoc qui peut réveiller les esprits et faire enfin évoluer les choses.

    Je suis également consciente que vous ne pouvez pas à vous seule changer les « coutumes » de cette ville, mais vous pouvez certainement nous aider à sensibiliser la ville de Suncheon.
    Votre soutien à la pétition qui circule est essentiel : Une réaction de votre part face au maire de Suncheon pour la fermeture des élevages et abattoirs illégaux ainsi qu’une surveillance des marchés et restaurants qui cautionnent ces pratiques, mais surtout une remise en question des liens qui vous unissent avec Suncheon, pourraient faire grandement réagir et être d’une aide précieuse à la cause animale que nous défendons.

    De plus, je pense sincèrement que ce jumelage à plus de risque de ternir l’image de Nantes qu’autre chose et je pense avec tout mon respect que vous en êtes consciente également.

    Madame le maire, Mesdames et Messieurs les conseillers, je vous remercie d’avoir pris le temps de me lire, et j’espère que ces images, qui ne sont pas une exception mais la norme, auront su retenir votre attention.

    Dans l’attente de votre réponse, veuillez accepter mes très respectueuses salutations. Je reste à votre entière disposition pour toutes informations qui pourraient vous être utiles.

    Bien cordialement,

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Friendship City – Suncheon, South Korea

    Dear Mayor Rolland and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Nantes should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Suncheon Mayor Choong-Hoon 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: +33 2 40 41 90 00

    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, Suncheon 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 Suncheon 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.
    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

    @ecosuncheon2013 .@ScSotong .@greenjeonnam .@nantesfr .@Johanna_Rolland Plz Urge Friendship City Suncheon, Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs

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