Friendship City Campaign – Pyeongtaek, South Korea – Oakland, California

✳️ This campaign replaces our previous campaign.

Oakland: Tell Friendship City, Pyeongtaek, South Korea, that you are opposed to the torture 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.

Pyeongtaek became Friendship City with Oakland on October 6, 2017.

Photo: Oakland North. Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao (left) shakes her hands with Pyeongtaek Mayor Jae-Kwang Kong at the ‘Friendship Relation City Signing Ceremony’ held at City Hall.

Photo: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (left) shakes her hands with Pyeongtaek Mayor Jae-Kwang Kong at the “Friendship City Signing Ceremony” at City Hall. Oakland North.

The “Special Bill to end the breeding, slaughter, and distribution of dogs for consumption and dog meat consumption” was passed by South Korea’s National Assembly on January 9, 2024, and it mandates a 3-year grace period for all operations to cease. However, the dog meat trade has always been illegal, and despite this new legislation, there has been no change, and the situation remains dire for the dogs confined in dog farms across the country.

In Pyeongtaek, 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: At a massive dog farm in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, operated by a former president of the Korean Dog Farmers Trade Association, thousands of dogs endure excruciating conditions. They are confined to raised wire cages in cramped spaces where they cannot even turn around. Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE).
Massive dog farm in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, where thousands of dogs are imprisoned in agony CARE.

Video: Watchdog. Massive dog farms in Pyeongtaek.

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

Search results on Naver, the most popular search engine in Korea, revealed the prevalence of so-called “Health Centers” that often sell dog elixirs and cat elixirs, also known as dog soju and cat soju. Additionally, numerous listings for “dog meat restaurants” indicated a significant presence of such establishments in the Pyeongtaek area.

Even if only half of these “Health” Centers and dog meat restaurants incorporate dog and cat “ingredients” in some form, the number of dog and cat farms and slaughterhouses required to supply these outlets is staggering.

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

Call for Action

Video: In the dog meat farm, the Dog Meat Consumption Prohibition Law has no meaning for the tens of thousands remaining and puppies yet to be born. CARE.

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

  1. Urszula Lund
    Urszula LundMay 27,24

    The illegal slaughter means the continuation of the unspeakable atrocities committed against innocent and defenceless dogs and cats, which South Korea has decided to shut down once and for all. People who continue this horrific “business” are dehumanized criminal monsters who should be severely punished with many years in prison and harsh fines!

    [email protected]May 27,24

    This is horrific. We have to shut down all these illegal farms NOW.

  3. Luree Dell-Bryan
    Luree Dell-BryanMay 28,24

    Show humanity and compassion!

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