Sister City Campaign – Seoul, South Korea – Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand: Tell Sister City, Seoul, 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.

Seoul became a Sister City to Wellington, New Zealand, on September 26, 2023.

The Korea Times reported, “Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau, the first Maori leader of New Zealand’s capital, is a bona fide K-drama enthusiast who brought her love for Korean culture to the political forefront during her visit to Seoul. The trip marks a significant step in international relations for Wellington as well as a showcase of how cultural passion can translate into political action. While in Seoul, she signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), elevating Seoul and Wellington’s relationship to the sister city level, and took part in the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum.”

Below are our previous campaign posts related to this campaign:
Friendship City Campaign – Seoul, South Korea – Wellington, New Zealand
[Campaign update -January 18, 2018] Seoul and Wellington sign a Memorandum for closer ties
[Update – August 16, 2018] “Councillors do not eat dogs – Wellington City Council’s curious memo”

Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau, left, holds a Sister City MOU signed with Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon at Seoul City Hall, 9/26/23. Korea Times.

In Seoul, 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..

Video: ‘Street of Horror’ Dog slaughterhouses in the heart of Seoul

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Seoul’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 many hundreds of Health Centers and dog meat restaurants in Seoul.

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 Seoul to supply these outlets.

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

Call for Action

  • ☎️ Call the Wellington mayor.

    04 499 4444

  • ☎️ 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, Seoul, in South Korea.

    If I could explain, Seoul’s massive dog meat industry is brutalizing and inflicting indescribable cruelty against the hundreds of 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 Seoul 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 Seoul 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!
    .@WgtnCC .@seoulmania .@seoulcouncil #Wellington: Tell Sister City #Seoul #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 Wellington!

Video: Dogs who suffered their entire lives are electric tortured and killed in cages—South Korea’s horrific dog meat industry. jtbc News.[추적보도 훅] 철창 갇힌 채 감전사…’먹히기 위해’ 죽어가는 개들 / JTBC 뉴스룸

  1. Urszula Lund
    Urszula LundSeptember 30,23

    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!

  2. Naseem mahmood
    Naseem mahmoodSeptember 30,23

    This is horrfic and pure evil to torture and slaughter dogs alive they are stolen and still have their collars on the people eating dogs are no better then the scrupulous dog thieves committing atrocities.this is brutal .the poor dogs in there thousands are burned alive,beaten up ,skinned alive .what sort of monsters are you .this dispicable inhumane barbaric cruailty against defenceless animals speaks volumes of atrocities committed..dogs and cats are pets and not for human consumption ..China, combodia north south Korea Thailand Vietnam Indonesia philippines stop committing bloodshed on innocent animals .where is your humanity you heartless godless people stop your evil .these poor dogs are born in this hell on earth .you are the most evil nasty vile creation .you make my blood boil .there is accountability on earth no bloodshed on earth will be left unpunished you godless people .where is your humanity????

  3. Anne
    AnneOctober 2,23

    palakaa helvetissä saatana sikiöiset. olen sama mieltä, kuinka kauan maailma seuraa aasiassa eläinten kituutusta. monta sata allekirjoitusta pitäisi vielä kirjoitta jne. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

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