Sister City Campaign – Gangjin, South Korea – Snoqualmie, Washington

Mayor Matthew R. Larson of Snoqualmie: Tell Sister City, Gangjin, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gangjin Mayor Jin-Won Kang

Gangjin Mayor Jin-Won Kang

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.

Gangjin became Sister city with Snoqualmie in 2010.

In Gangjin, 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.


A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Gangjin’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 41 Health Food Shops and 4 restaurants in the vicinity of Gangjin.

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 Gangjin to supply these outlets.

Gangjin, South Korea

Gangjin, South Korea

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

Would you please watch the undercover videos from 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
    Snoqualmie City Hall
    38624 SE River St.
    PO Box 987
    Snoqualmie, WA 98065

    Send a copy of your letter to Gangjin Mayor Jin-Won Kang:
    Mayor Jin-Won Kang
    Gangjin County Hall
    111 Tamjin-ro, Gangjin-eup, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
    Postal Code 59228
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    강진원 강진군수님
    [우] 59228 전라남도 강진군 강진읍 탐진로 111
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Snoqualmie

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Larson and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Snoqualmie should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gangjin Mayor Jin-Won Kang 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: 425-888-5307

    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, Gangjin in South Korea.

    If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that county, 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 Gangjin 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] Plz Urge Sister City Gangjin, #Korea-Stop torturing & eating #dogs #cats


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

  1. Beth
    BethApril 29,17

    Write their FB page RIGHT NOW!

    This very second they’ve got this post at the top:

    City of Snoqualmie Government
    19 hrs ·

    Parents & Students Invited to a Meeting about a Summer Exchange to South Korea, May 9, 6:30 p.m., Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 SE River St. Nine Mount Si High School students will again have the opportunity to participate in educational summer adventures in South Korea! This annual student exchange program is sponsored by the Snoqualmie Sister Cities Association. Learn more:…/Bring2m…/DMX/Download.aspx…

    This is my comment below it. Please join me in warning these apparently clueless parents in Snoqualmie!!!

    “Dear Mayor Larson and the City Council members,
    As you might know, there is a culture of horrific cruelty (or at the very least callousness) toward animals in Asia. There are countless videos specifically documenting the pain and wretched misery suffered there by dogs and cats — animals just like our beloved pets in the West, but trapped in a nightmare of deliberate cruelty.

    Are the friendly, animal-loving citizens of Snoqualmie aware that South Korea cruelly hangs, beats, electrocutes, drowns, burns or boils to death MILLIONS of dogs and cats every year? Do you know that Korea’s popular annual BOKNAL Festival is coming up in July, dedicated to killing and eating many thousands of dogs in the mistaken, medieval belief that eating dog meat helps a person withstand summer’s high temperatures..?

    Informed citizens all over the world ask you to please watch the following videos depicting the realities of South Korea’s despicable dog meat industry:

    Do you want to send your children to a country that raises (and even steals), then slaughters beloved pets as sadistically as possible **because they believe pain and fear makes the animals’ meat more tasty and healthy?!?**

    Do you think that Snoqualmie should be a Sister City to any city or nation that allows dogs and cats to not only be eaten as food, but deliberately tortured to death?
    Do you want to do business with people who drown millions of cats to make a useless “health tonic”? In this case it’s not “snake oil”, this idiocy is known as “Cat Soju” — and there is also an equally deplorable and sadistically manufactured “Dog Soju”. Neither “product” does anything but produce pain and endless suffering for the innocent creatures trapped in this horrific industry.

    PLEASE urge Gangjin Mayor Jin-Won Kang to close down all of its 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:

    In short, how can beautiful Snoqualmie – home to eco-conscious, animal-loving citizens – join hands with these callous slaughterers of beloved pets?!?!

    This responsible consumer is boycotting everything Korean until these two-faced sadists finally prohibit this horrific industry and actually put a STOP to it.

    Case in point: S. Korea has made a few strides toward the 21st Century and implemented new animal welfare laws.
    But they carefully EXCEPT the sadistic and profitable dog and cat meat industry.
    ***What does that tell you?***

    I’m boycotting all things Korean, including their upcoming, precious-avaricious Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in 2018 — and I guess I won’t be visiting Snoqualmie now either, until compassion means more there than cold, cruelty-based cash.

    Caring and informed citizens thank you for NOT ignoring this horrific hypocrisy, for NOT sending your precious children to S. Korea and for NOT rewarding South Korea for its deliberate cruelty.”

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