Sister City Campaign – Andong, South Korea – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mayor Ron Corbett of Cedar Rapids: Tell Sister City, Andong, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Andong Mayor Young-Sae Kweon

Andong Mayor Young-Sae Kweon

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.
Andong became Sister city with Cedar Rapids in 2005.

In Andong, 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.

Video livestream: Dog slaughterhouse in Andong, South Korea. Watchdog.

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Andong’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 dozens of 191 Health Food Centers; and 40 restaurants in the vicinity of Andong.

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 Andong to supply these outlets.
Sister City Campaign - Andong, South Korea – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sister City Campaign - Andong, South Korea – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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
  • Send Email:
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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    City of Cedar Rapids
    101 First Street SE – Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401

    Send a copy of your letter to Andong Mayor Young-Sae Kweon:
    Mayor Young-Sae Kweon
    Andong City Hall
    115 Toegye-ro, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
    Postal Code 36691
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    권영세 안동시장님
    (우)36691 경상북도 안동시 퇴계로 115(명륜동)
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Cedar Rapids
    Mayor Ron Corbett

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Corbett and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Cedar Rapids should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Andong Mayor Young-Sae Kweon 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 Mayor’s Office: 319-286-5051

    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, Andong in South Korea.

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced 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 which is why I am calling on their behalf. 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 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 Andong 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

    .@andongcityhall .@gyeongsangbukdo .@CityofCRiowa .@roncorbett Plz Urge Sister City Andong, Korea-Stop eating dogs!


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

    SUSAN TUCKERDecember 19,16

    SIR,Do you really want to accosiate with a sister city in Korea,that shows Barbaric Cruelty and Consumes Dogs and Cats and Totally Ignore the Rest of the Worlds Pleas ???

    • mrs marguerite j white
      mrs marguerite j whiteDecember 20,16

      Susan Tucker I said exactly the same,I would not want a sister city with a barbaric attitude to poor animals.

  2. Debora Nielsen
    Debora NielsenDecember 20,16

    This absolutely breaks my heart. Something like this is so WRONG. PLEASE MAKE IT STOP! Nothing in my whole life bothers me as much as this.

  3. Jamie
    JamieDecember 24,16

    I tried to send an email to the addresses provided. My e-mail was undeliverable. “Technical details of permanent failure:
    Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain by [].

    The error that the other server returned was:
    554 rejecting banned content

    If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. I want to reach out to the people of Iowa in an effort to convenience them to not have anything to do with the company that treats animals this way.

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