Friendship City Campaign – Icheon, South Korea – Santa Clara, California

Campaign updated on 3/7/2023.

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor: Tell your Friendship City, Icheon, South Korea, that you oppose 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.

Icheon Mayor Kim Gyeong-hee

Icheon became a Friendship City with Santa Clara, California, in 2019.

Icheon and Santa Clara Friendship City Signing Ceremony. 7/16/2019.

In Icheon, there are numerous 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 broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry and are subject to the same cruelty.

Video: Shocking cruelty of South Korea’s dog meat industry. Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE).

Video: Dogs who suffered their entire lives are electric tortured and killed in cages—South Korea’s horrific dog meat industry. jtbc News.[추적보도 훅] 철창 갇힌 채 감전사…’먹히기 위해’ 죽어가는 개들 / JTBC 뉴스룸

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Icheon’s dog meat demand.

Two searches on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – 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” – resulted in dozens of Health Centers and dog meat restaurants in Icheon.

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 Icheon 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

  1. Fresia
    FresiaFebruary 27,22


  2. Stella pasquale
    Stella pasqualeFebruary 27,22

    Please stop torturing dogs.

  3. Lilia Birleson
    Lilia BirlesonFebruary 27,22

    This is MURDER.. This is barbaric. This is illegal. This is torture. This has to end NOW. Stop the slaughter of innocent Animals NOW. Those involved should be imprisoned for there act of cruelty to innocent Animals.

  4. sharon
    sharonFebruary 27,22


  5. Dora Hardegger
    Dora HardeggerFebruary 27,22

    Zehntausende Europäer boykottieren alle Produkte aus Südkorea und als Touristen boykottieren wir Südkorea auch, solange diese unbeschreiblich grausame und brutale Behandlung von Tieren und der Handel sowie auch der Konsum von Hunde- und Katzenfleisch existiert in Ihrem SHAME-country, das schon lange von der Landkarte hätte verschwinden müssen.
    In unserer Firma beschäftigen wir keine Südkoreaner!

  6. Rachel Byrd
    Rachel ByrdFebruary 28,22

    It is an abomination. It degrades and tarnishes all mankind. It must stop. How could anyone treat any animal this way? Shame on the govt for allowing such criminal activity, shame on anyone involved. Who wants humans capable of such evil on this planet? No one with any decency

  7. Ursula Ruland
    Ursula RulandMarch 7,23

    This barbaric, illegal and disgusting way against dogs and cats has to stop. NOW !

  8. Sue
    SueMarch 8,23

    Emails sent, hope they do some good for a change.

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