Friendship State Campaign – Gyeonggi Province, South Korea – Maryland

Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland: Tell Friendship State, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gyeonggi Province Governor Kyung-Pil Nam

Gyeonggi Province Governor Kyung-Pil Nam

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.

Gyeonggi Province became Friendship State with Maryland in 2015.

In Gyeonggi 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 Gyeonggi Province’s dog meat demand.

Friendship State Campaign - Gyeonggi Province, South Korea – MarylandShown 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 1,966 Health Food Centers; and 1,088 restaurants in the vicinity of Gyeonggi 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 Gyeonggi Province to supply these outlets.

Friendship State Campaign - Gyeonggi Province, South Korea – Maryland

Friendship State Campaign - Gyeonggi Province, South Korea – Maryland

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

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

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

Call for Action

  • 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
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Governor Larry Hogan
    100 State Circle
    Annapolis, Maryland

    Send a copy of your letter to Gyeonggi Province Governor Kyung-Pil Nam:
    Governor Kyung-Pil Nam
    Gyeonggi Provincial Government
    1 Hyowon-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
    Postal Code 16444
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    남경필 경기도지사님
    16444 수원시 팔달구 효원로 1
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Maryland
    Governor Larry Hogan
    Gyeonggi Province
    Gyeonggi Province Governor Kyung-Pil Nam

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Governor Hogan,

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

    Do you think that Maryland should be a Friendship State to any state that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gyeonggi Province Governor Kyung-Pil Nam 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: 410-974-3901

    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, Gyeonggi 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 Gyeonggi 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

    .@ggholic .@yesKP .@StateMaryland .@LarryHogan Plz Urge Friendship State, Gyeonggi, South Korea-Stop torturing dogs!


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