Friendship State Campaign – Gangwon-do, South Korea – Veneto Region, Italy

President Luca Zaia of Veneto, Italy: Tell Friendship State, Gangwon-do, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gangwon-do Governor Moon-Soon Choi

Gangwon-do 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-do became Friendship State with Veneto Region of Italy in 2011.

In Gangwon-do, 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-do’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 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-do 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-do 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.

Call for Action

  • Send Email:
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    President : Luca Zaia
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    Vice President: Gianluca Forcolin
    [email protected]

    Advisor for the Environment and Civil Protection: Gianluca Bottacin
    [email protected]

    Advisor for ***TOURISM AND FOREIGN TRADE***: Federico Caner
    [email protected]

    Advisor for ***CULTURE***and Safety: Cristiano Corazzani
    [email protected]

    Advisor for Infrastructure and Transportation: Elisa De Berti
    [email protected]

    Advisor for the ***ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT***and Energy:
    Roberto Marcato
    [email protected]

    Advisor for ***AGRICULTURE***: Giuseppe Pan
    [email protected]

  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Il Presidente della Regione del Veneto Luca Zaia
    Regione del Veneto
    Giunta Regionale
    Palazzo Balbi – Dorsoduro, 3901
    30123 Venezia

    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
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Veneto Region
    President Luca Zaia
    Gangwon-do Governor Moon-Soon Choi

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message – In Italian

    Subject: Dott. Luca Zaia, Presidente della regione Veneto, Italia: dica allo Stato amico Gangwon-do, in Corea del Sud che ci opponiamo alla tortura e consumo di cani e gatti. Signor Presidente della Regione Veneto, Dott. Luca Zaia e Gent.mi Signori componenti della Giunta Regionale del Veneto.

    Vi chiedo cortesemente di guardare i seguenti video in merito al commercio della carne di cane in Sud Corea:

    E’ possibile che il Veneto possa sigillare un patto d’ amicizia con uno Stato che permette di torturare i cani e i gatti per poi mangiarli?

    Vi prego di intervenire, chiedendo al Governatore di Gangwon-do, Moon-Soon Choi, di chiudere tutti gli allevamenti e i macelli illegali di cani, i trasporti ed 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:

    Grazie per un Vostro cortese riscontro.

    [Nome e Cognome – Città]

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear President Zaia and the Regional Council members,

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

    Do you think that Veneto should be a Friendship State to any State that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gangwon-do 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 President’s Office: Tel. 041 2792863 – 2864
    Fax. 041 5242524
    Members of the Veneto Regional Assembly: Tel. 0039 041 2792863

    Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the President’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your Friendship State, Gangwon-do 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 region would wish to be made aware of this issue, as they would not want to be affiliated with a State 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-do 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 .@ggholic .@moonsoonc .@zaiapresidente PlzUrge FriendshipState Gangwon,Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs

No matter where you live, PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends, especially those who live in Veneto!

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