[Campaign Closed] Sister City Campaign – Daejeon, South Korea – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
[Update: September 29, 2017] Brisbane Mayor’s Office responds.
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[Update: September 20, 2017] Brisbane Councillors, Nicole Johnston & Jonathan Sri responds with support.
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Lord Mayor Graham Quirk of Brisbane: Tell Sister City, Daejeon, South Korea, That We’re 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.
Daejeon “the New Hub City for Korea states on its website that it “has a high standard of living for foreigners”. Daejeon, with the slogan ‘Vibrant Daejeon Happy People’ boasts that the City Government “rolled its sleeves and worked very hard to … revitalize its local economy through promotion of tourism”.
But ‘vibrant’, ‘happy’ and ‘high standard of living’ are not words anyone can use to describe the way in which the dog-meat trade inhumanely raises and brutally slaughters its millions of animals each year. Daejeon is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea; it has countless dog slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where these pitiful dogs are subjected to the final brutality of being electrocuted, hanged, or beaten – then thrown into boiling water – sometimes while still alive. In many places these dogs (some stolen or abandoned pets) are killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs. And this takes place in public and in broad daylight. So, what foreign resident or tourist could feel really comfortable being in a city whose ‘happy people’ do nothing to stop this aberrant meat trade?
A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Daejeon’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 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.”
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 Daejeon 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
- Click HERE to send online message to the Lord Mayor.
- Send Email to the City Council:
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- Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Office of the Lord Mayor
GPO Box 2287
Brisbane Qld 4001
Send a copy of your letter to Daejeon Mayor Sun-Taik Kwon:
Mayor Sun-Taik Kwon
City of Daejeon
100 Dunsan-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon
Postal Code 35242
Address in Korean:
(35242) 대전광역시 서구 둔산로 100
- Send a message through Facebook page:
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
Suggested email/letter/Facebook message
Dear Lord Mayor Quirk and the City Council members,
We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry: https://youtu.be/_ZVQjgGb4RQ
Do you think that Brisbane should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Daejeon Mayor Sun-Taik Kwon 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: https://www.change.org/p/lord-mayor-graham-quirk-of-brisbane-tell-sister-city-daejeon-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-the-torture-consumption-of-dogs
The favor of your reply is requested.
[Your Name & City/Country]
- Call the Mayor’s Office: Phone: 07 3403 4400
Fax: 07 3403 9930
Suggested phone message
Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the Lord Mayor’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your sister city, Daejeon 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 Daejeon 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!
No matter where you live, PLEASE SHARE these actions with your friends, especially those who live in Brisbane!