Friendship State Campaign – Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea – Western Australia, Australia

Premier of Western Australia Hon. Mark McGowan: Tell Friendship State, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gyeongsangbuk-do Governor Kwan-Yong Kim

Gyeongsangbuk-do Governor Kwan-Yong Kim

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.

Gyeongsangbuk-do became Friendship State with Western Australia in 2007.

In Gyeongsangbuk-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 Gyeongsangbuk-do’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.”

The searches resulted in dozens of 1,281 Health Food Shops and 281 restaurants in the vicinity of Gyeongsangbuk-do.

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 Gyeongsangbuk-do to supply these outlets.

Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea

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

Call for Action

  • Click HERE to send online message.
  • Send Email:
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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Department of the Premier and Cabinet
    2 Havelock Street, WEST PERTH WA 6005

    Send a copy of your letter to Gyeongsangbuk-do Governor Kwan-Yong Kim:
    Governor Kwan-Yong Kim
    Gyeongsangbuk-do Provincial Government
    455, Docheong-daero, Pungcheon-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Postal Code 36759
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    김관용 경상북도지사님
    36759 경상북도 안동시 풍천면 도청대로 455
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Premier Mark McGowan
    Governor Kwan-Yong Kim

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Hon. Premier McGowan and the cabinet members,

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

    Do you think that Western Australia should be a Friendship State to any state that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gyeongsangbuk-do Governor Kwan-Yong Kim 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 Premier’s Office: Telephone: +61 8 6552-5000 / Fax: (08) 6552-5001

    Suggested phone message

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

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that province, 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 Gyeongsangbuk-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

    .@kimkwanyong1 .@WestAustralia .@MarkMcGowanMP Plz Urge Sister State .@gyeongsangbukdo .@govkorea-StopTorturing dogs

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

  1. Carol Sedlak
    Carol SedlakSeptember 20,17

    Stop doing this. How can you have animal protection laws and open ly do such horrid abuse to dogs and cats…STOP IT ALL NOW!

    SUSAN TICKERSeptember 21,17

    Why have animal protection laws if they are brazenly broken ???.Law needs to be enforced or it,s a sick farce.S.Korea must be made aware the world opposes their Evil Torture and consumption of Dogs and Cats

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