Sister City Campaign – Daejeon, South Korea – Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary: Tell Sister City, Daejeon, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Daejeon Mayor Her Tae-Jeong

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 became Sister city with Calgary in 1996.

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”.

The searches resulted in dozens of 440 Health Food Shops and 97 restaurants in the vicinity of Daejeon.

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.

Daejeon, South Korea

Daejeon, South Korea

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

Call for Action

  • Send Email:
    [email protected];
  • Click HERE to send online message to the Office of the Councillors.
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Office of the Mayor, The City of Calgary
    P.O. Box 2100, Station M
    Calgary, AB, T2P 2M5

    Send a copy of your letter to Daejeon Mayor Her Tae-Jeong:
    Mayor Her Tae-Jeong
    City of Daejeon
    100 Dunsan-ro, Seo-gu, Daejeon
    Postal Code 35242
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    (35242) 대전광역시 서구 둔산로 100
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Naheed Nenshi
    Daejeon Mayor Her Tae-Jeong

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Nenshi and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Calgary should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Daejeon Mayor Her Tae-Jeong 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: Phone: 403-268-5622
    Fax: 403-268-8130

    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, 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!

    Suggested Twitter text

    .@DreamDaejeon .@vis0605 .@cityofcalgary .@nenshi Plz Urge SisterCity Daejeon, Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs cats

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

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