Sister City Campaign – Dangjin, South Korea –Snohomish County, Washington

County Executive Dave Somers of Snohomish County: Tell Sister City, Dangjin, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Dangjin Mayor Hong-Jang Kim

Dangjin Mayor Hong-Jang Kim

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.

Dangjin became Sister city with Snohomish County in 1989.

In Dangjin, there are countless dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are 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 subjected to the same cruelty.

Sister City Campaign - Dangjin, South Korea –Bergen County, New Jersey

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Dangjin’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: 140 Health Food Centers; and 88 restaurants in the vicinity of Dangjin.

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 Dangjin in order to supply all of these outlets.

Sister City Campaign - Dangjin, South Korea –Snohomish County, Washington

Sister City Campaign - Dangjin, South Korea –Snohomish County, Washington

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

Please watch the documentary on South Korea’s dog meat industry:

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

Please sign petition, call, write and email
the Snohomish County Executive TODAY!

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers

To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Send Email:
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  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    County Executive Dave Somers and County Council
    Snohomish County
    3000 Rockefeller Ave. M/S 407
    Everett, WA 98201

    Send a copy of your letter to Dangjin Mayor Hong-Jang Kim:
    Mayor Hong-Jang Kim
    Dangjin City Hall
    1, Sicheong 1-ro, Dangjin-si, Chungcheongnam-do
    Postal Code 31773
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    김홍장 당진시장님
    [31773] 충청남도 당진시 시청1로
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Snohomish County
    Send a message through Facebook page: Dangjin

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear County Executive Dave Somers and the County Council members,

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

    Do you think that Snohomish County should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Dangjin Mayor Hong-Jang Kim 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 County Executive’s Office: 425-388-3312

    Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the County Executive’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your Sister city, Dangjin in South Korea.

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that city, regardless of the fact that 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 county would wish to be made aware of this issue, as they 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 Dangjin 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

    [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Exe.Somers, Plz Urge Sister City Dangjin, Korea-Stop torturing &eating dogs/cats


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