[Campaign Closed] Friendship State Campaign – Jeollanam Province, South Korea – Maryland

[Update: September 5, 2017] This campaign is closed and replaced with a Sister City campaign. Jeollanam Province and the state of Maryland had upgraded their relationship from Friendship to Sister State on September 5, 2017. Click HERE to learn more and take action on the new campaign.

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

Jeollanam-do Province Governor Nak-Yon Lee

Jeollanam-do Province Governor Nak-Yon Lee

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.

Jeollanam Province became Friendship State with Maryland in 2013.

In Jeollanam Province, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are 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 subjected to the same cruelty.


Jeollanam Province, South Korea

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Jeollanam Province’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 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: 1,189 Health Food Centers; and 163 restaurants in the vicinity of Jeollanam 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 Jeollanam Province to supply all of these outlets.

Jeollanam Province, South Korea

Jeollanam Province, South Korea

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 Jeollanam Province Governor Nak-Yon Lee:
    Governor Nak-Yon Lee
    Jeollanam Provincial Government
    1 Oryong-gil Samhyang-eup Muan-gun Jeollanam-do
    Postal Code 58564
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이낙연 전라남도 도지사님
    (우58564) 전라남도 무안군 삼향읍 오룡길 1
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Maryland
    Governor Larry Hogan
    Jeollanam Province
    Jeollanam Province Governor Nak-Yon Lee

    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 Jeollanam Province Governor Nak-Yon Lee 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, Jeollanam 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 Jeollanam 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

    [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Urge FriendshipState, Jeollanam,Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs


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

    GABRIELA VARGASFebruary 26,17


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