Sister City Campaign – Seoul Gangnam-District, South Korea – Riverside, California

Mayor William ‘Rusty’ Bailey of Riverside: Tell Sister City, Seoul Gangnam District, 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.

Gangnam-gu District Mayor Yeon-Hee Shin

Gangnam-gu District Mayor Yeon-Hee Shin

Seoul Gangnam District became Sister city with Riverside in 1999.

Culture, art, high-end shops, first-class hotels and fashionable streets – all can be found within Gangnam District in the ‘City of Korean Cultural Center and Global Advancement” regrettably, so can the dog meat restaurants and so-called ‘health-food centers’, places that brutally slaughter dogs and cats, to be served up as food and drinks.

There are countless dog 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 Seoul Gangnam District’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 dozens of 163 Health Food Centers; and 69 restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Seoul Gangnam District alone.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Seoul Gangnam District to supply these outlets.

Naver search of Seoul Gangnam-gu District dog meat and dog elixir

Naver search of Seoul Gangnam-gu District dog meat and dog elixir

Naver search of Seoul Gangnam-gu District dog meat and dog elixir
Naver search of Seoul Gangnam-gu District dog meat and dog elixir

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

Video: Media Triage: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea.

Please sign petition, call and email Riverside Mayor William ‘Rusty’ Bailey, TODAY!

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

Suggested message to the Mayor of Riverside

Dear Mayor William ‘Rusty’ Bailey and the City Council members:

Would you please watch the undercover videos from South Korea’s dog meat industry:

Seoul Gangnam District is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 163 Health Food Centers which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 69 dog meat soup restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Seoul Gangnam District alone.

Riverside should not be a Sister city to any city/district that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Seoul Gangnam District Mayor Yeon-Hee Shin to close down all illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers, and restaurants that serve their 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]


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

  1. Jeffery Vautour
    Jeffery VautourAugust 11,16

    So sad what humans can do

  2. Sheri Verges
    Sheri VergesAugust 25,16

    HI, is there an email address for Mayor Yeon-Hee Shin? I sign every petition and send every letter possible. This barbaric cruelty must stop. Thank you for all you do!

  3. olimpia marina
    olimpia marinaAugust 25,16

    We are Outraged It is a horrific crime against animals and against humans who respect animals..From Australian people who have respect for animals and will never stop fignting.

  4. Hannah Tepper
    Hannah TepperAugust 25,16

    What can I say but stop this cruel and discusting crualty towards dog and pets These lovely animals are pets and are not to be eaten, they are to be loved!!

  5. Sarah Tay
    Sarah TayAugust 25,16

    Bloody sick country n disappointment !! Once used to be my fave country to visit n was looking
    Forward to another trip with my kids but no longer eyeing to go to this horrible land. Totally
    Disgusted !! People seem nice there but why so cruel their heart ? No wonder the saying goes
    “Dun judge a book by its cover” !! Sigh really sad even without watching the videos n photos ;;((

  6. Anita McLeod
    Anita McLeodAugust 25,16

    This meat trade and its practices are barbaric & inhumane to say the least! Pls bring awareness and stop this meat trade. Dogs deserve way better life and should not be served on a plate.

  7. Jaime Perez
    Jaime PerezAugust 25,16

    This horrible practice must stop now! No animal deserves to be treated in such an inhumane and barbaric manner for any reason. Dogs and cats are NOT food. You people are barbarians and very heartless.

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