Friendship State Campaign – Gangwon Province, South Korea – Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois: Tell Friendship State, Gangwon Province, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gangwon-do Governor Moon-Soon Choi

Gangwon Province Governor Moon-Soon Choi

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.

Gangwon Province became Friendship State with Illinois in 2010.

In Gangwon Province, 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 Gangwon Province’s dog meat demand.

Health Food Center in Gangwon ProvinceShown below are two search results on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – the first one was for so-called “Health Food 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 749 Health Food Centers; and 303 restaurants in the vicinity of Gangwon Province.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Gangwon Province to supply these outlets.

Friendship State Campaign - Gangwon Province, South Korea – Illinois

Friendship State Campaign - Gangwon Province, South Korea – Illinois

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

PPlease watch the documentary on the South Korea’s dog meat industry:

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

Please sign petition, call, write and email the Illinois Governor TODAY!

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner

To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Click HERE to send an online message to the Governor.
    You may use our PO Box address in the form.
    PO Box 60191
    Sunnyvale, CA 94088 USA

    For Subject,”Animal Cruelty and Testing”.

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

    Governor Bruce Rauner
    Office of the Governor
    207 State House
    Springfield, IL 62706

    Send a copy of your letter to Gangwon Province Governor Moon-Soon Choi:
    Governor Moon-Soon Choi
    Gangwon Provincial Government
    1 Joongang-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
    Postal Code 24266
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    최문순 강원도지사님
    (24266) 강원도 춘천시 중앙로 1 (봉의동)
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Governor Bruce Rauner
    Gangwon Province

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Governor Rauner,

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

    Do you think that Illinois should be a Friendship State to any state that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gangwon Province Governor Moon-Soon Choi 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 Governor’s Office: Phone: 217-782-0244

    Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the Governor’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your Friendship State, Gangwon Province in South Korea.

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

    .@happygangwon .@moonsoonc .@GovRauner Plz Urge Friendship State Gangwon,Korea-Stop torture/consumption of dogs/cats


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