Friendship City Campaign – Yeongdong-gun, South Korea – Velletri, Italy
Mayor Servadio Fausto of Velletri, Italy: Tell Friendship City, Yeongdong-gun, 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.
In Yeongdong-gun, 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. 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 Yeongdong-gun’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”.
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 Yeongdong-gun to supply these outlets.
There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption, yet these laws are blatantly ignored.
Call for Action
- Send Email:
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- Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Comune di Velletri
Piazza Cesare Ottaviano Augusto, 1 – 00049 Velletri (RM)
Send a copy of your letter to Yeongdong-gun Mayor Se-Bok Park:
Mayor Se-Bok Park
1 Dongjeong-ro, Yeongdong-eup, Yeongdong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
Postal Code 29140
Address in Korean:
(29140) 충청북도 영동군 영동읍 동정로 1
- Send a message through Facebook page:
Suggested email/letter/Facebook message – In Italian
Subject: Fausto Servadio, sindaco di Velletri, Italia: dica alla città amica di Yeongdong-gun, Corea del Sud, che ci opponiamo alla tortura e consumo di cani e gatti.
Gent.mo Signor Sindaco della Città di Velletri, Dott. Fausto Servadio e Gent.mi Signori componenti del Consiglio Comunale di Velletri.
Vi chiedo cortesemente di guardare i seguenti video in merito al commercio della carne di cane in Sud Corea: https://youtu.be/_ZVQjgGb4RQ
E’ possibile che Velletri possa sigillare un patto d’ amicizia con una città che permette di torturare i cani e i gatti per poi mangiarli?
Vi prego di intervenire, chiedendo al Sindaco di Yeongdong-gun, Se-Bok Park, di chiudere tutti gli allevamenti e i macelli illegali di cani, i trasporti e i ristoranti che servono questi prodotti animali. E’ on-line questa petizione per ottenere il Vostro supporto per mettere fine a questo orrendo e crudele commercio sudcoreano di carne di cane e di gatto: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-servadio-fausto-of-velletri-italy-tell-friendship-city-yeongdong-gun-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-the-torture-of-dogs-cats
Grazie per un Vostro cortese riscontro.
[Nome e Cognome – Città]
Suggested email/letter/Facebook message
Dear Mayor Fausto and the City Council members,
We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry: https://youtu.be/_ZVQjgGb4RQ
Do you think that Velletri should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Yeongdong-gun Mayor Se-Bok Park 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: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-servadio-fausto-of-velletri-italy-tell-friendship-city-yeongdong-gun-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-the-torture-of-dogs-cats
The favor of your reply is requested.
[Your Name & City/Country]
- Call the Mayor’s Office: 0696158293
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, Yeongdong-gun 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 Yeongdong-gun 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.
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