Sister City Campaign – Daejeon, South Korea – Seattle, Washington
Mayor Edward B. Murray of Seattle: 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 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: 462 Health Food Centers; and 115 restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Daejeon alone.
Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Daejeon in order to supply all of these outlets.
The Mayor of Daejeon states that he feels “it is an honor and profound responsibility to serve the people of Daejeon”. But the best way for the Mayor to live up to this claim, and to really prove a Vibrant Daejeon with Happy People would be for him to end the dog and cat meat trades in his city.
There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.
Call For Action
To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.
- No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
Click HERE to send an online message to the Mayor Murray.
- Send message through Facebook pages:
Mayor Edward B. Murray
City of Seattle International Engagement
- Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):
Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray
600 4th Ave, 7th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
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
Address in Korean:
(35242) 대전광역시 서구 둔산로 100
- Call the Mayor Edward B. Murray’s office:206-684-4000
- Send a Twitter message!
Suggested message to the Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray
Dear Mayor Edward B. Murray and the members of the City Council,
Daejeon is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 462 Health Food Centers which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 115 dog meat soup restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Daejeon alone.
Seattle should not 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 illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers and restaurants who serve their 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/mayor-edward-b-murray-of-seattle-tell-sister-city-daejeon-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-torture-consumption-of-dogs-cats
The favor of your reply is requested.
[Your Name & City/Country]
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