Sister City Campaign – Gimhae, South Korea – Lakewood, Washington

Campaign updated on 11/16/2023.

Lakewood, Washington: Tell Sister City, Gimhae, South Korea, that you oppose the torture, killing, and consumption of dogs and cats.

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.

Gimhae became a Sister city to Lakewood, Washington on December 5, 2022.

Lakewood Mayor Jason Whalen and Gimahe Mayor Hong Tae-yong signed the Sister City agreement on Dec. 5, 2022, at the City Council meeting. City of Lakewood.

In Gimhae, there are numerous 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 broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry and are subject to the same cruelty.

Video: Dog slaughterhouses killing dogs with an electric iron skewer. Sick dogs neglect, dog carcasses fed to dogs, 53 dog farms discovered. ‘전기 꼬챙이’ 도살, 병든 반려견 방치. 개농장 53곳 무더기 적발. 6/22/21, TV Chosun News..

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Gimhae’s dog meat demand.

Two searches on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – 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” – resulted in dozens of Health Centers and dog meat restaurants in the vicinity of Gimhae.

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 in the vicinity of Gimhae to supply these outlets.

Sister City Campaign - Gimhae, South Korea – Lakewood, Washington

Sister City Campaign - Gimhae, South Korea – Lakewood, Washington

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

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

Gimhae, South Korea – “Living Hell” Dog meat farm distributes dogs for consumption.

Call for Action

  • ☎️ Call the Lakewood mayor.

    (253) 983-7705, (253) 589-2489

    ☎️ Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the Mayor’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your Sister City, Gimhae, in South Korea.

    If I could explain, Gimhae’s massive dog meat industry is brutalizing and inflicting indescribable cruelty against the thousands of dogs in that city, 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, so I am calling. And I believe that your city would wish to be made aware of this issue, as you would not want to be affiliated with a city 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 Gimhae authorities – even though there is growing opposition from pet guardians across South Korea and worldwide.

    So, I am asking you to please speak with your counterparts in Gimhae to urge them to enforce their laws, not ignore them, and to show compassion to their companion animals and respect to their citizens by bringing these trades to an end.

    This is the time to make a change; this is the time to stop the illegal, inhumane, and unnecessary cruelty. I know 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!
    .@gimhae4you .@gyeongnamdo .@CityofLakewood #Lakewood: Tell Sister City #Gimhae #SouthKorea, that you oppose the torture, killing, and consumption of #dogs #cats. #dogmeat #catmeat 😢 🐾

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

Dogs for meat in wire cages feed on rotten food waste slops while they wait to be slaughtered.

  1. Angie
    AngieDecember 28,16

    This must stop we will never give up

  2. ana antunes
    ana antunesDecember 29,16

    Dear Mayor Peterson and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Lakewood should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gimhae Mayor Seong-Gon Heo 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,

  3. Val Kerry
    Val KerryDecember 30,16


  4. Lynn A Pascente
    Lynn A PascenteNovember 17,23

    Please stop torturing and killing dogs and cats to consume them. It’s a terrible thing to torture and abuse any animal for any reason. God created animals too and He owns them, not us. He doesn’t want any of His creation to suffer in any way. It’s an abomination before God. Thank you for reading my comment. God bless all

  5. Anu Sipiläinen
    Anu SipiläinenNovember 17,23

    Lopettakaa heti! Stop stop stop !!!!!

  6. Anne
    AnneNovember 17,23

    Loppu lemmieläinten kitutus, murhaminen ja syönti sairat paskiaiset saatana sikitiset. Palakaa helvetissä.🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬.

    [email protected]November 17,23

    This is MURDER. Poor innocent Animals are being killed for human consumption. This is barbaric.
    We have to end this brutally and stop the slaughter of poor defenseless Animals NOW. We have up continue to act on there behalf. Shut down all these illegal farms NOW.

  8. Urszula Lund
    Urszula LundNovember 17,23

    HOW LONG will the WORLD watch unspeakable tortures inflicted on dogs and cats at South Korea’s dog-meat markets and do nothing about it. How can you talk about “peace” and “democracy” while shocking horrors are regularly committed on defenseless, loving and innocent animals in front of your eyes! Skinning dogs and cats alive, cooking them alive and other appalling tortures shall NOT BE SILENCED, but openly directed to the South-Korean President. We live in 2023 and this abomination must end!
    Those who visit this COUNTRY of HORRORS have the obligation to scrutinize its shocking ways of animal abuse and TAKE ACTION!

  9. Maria Johnson
    Maria JohnsonNovember 17,23

    This is shocking, so cruel, so terrible. Please end this torture

  10. Elisabeth Ekström
    Elisabeth EkströmNovember 18,23


  11. fort
    fortNovember 22,23

    honteux à faire aux personnes qui font ça au chiens et chiens et autres animaux mangés sur leurs marchés

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