[Campaign Closed] Sister City Campaign – Gangneung, South Korea –Chattanooga, Tennessee

[Update November 24, 2016]Andy Berke, Mayor of Chattanooga, has replied to our campaign/petition that we sent to his office, and we are pleased to say that he has responded positively.
He feels the same as we do about the need to address any animal cruelty issues, and was grateful to us for bringing this matter to his attention and for sending the video, which he found disturbing but, importantly, did watch. Chattanooga now has an opportunity to re-establishing their dormant Sister City Relationship with Gangneung, and Mayor Berke has said that, at that time, he will take the matter up with them. Click HERE to read more and to send a thank you email to the Mayor and the members of the city council of Chattanooga.

Mayor Andy Berke of Chattanooga: Tell Sister City, Gangneung, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gangneung Mayor Myeong-Hee Choi

Gangneung Mayor Myeong-Hee Choi

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.

Gangneung became Sister city with Chattanooga in 2003.

In Gangneung, 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 Gangneung’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 89 Health Food Centers; and 47 restaurants in the vicinity of Gangneung.

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 Gangneung to supply these outlets.

Sister City Campaign - Gangneung, South Korea –Chattanooga, Tennessee

Sister City Campaign - Gangneung, South Korea –Chattanooga, Tennessee

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 and email the Chattanooga TODAY!

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

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Email:
    [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
  • Send a message through Facebook page: Chattanooga
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):City of Chattanooga
    Mayor’s Office
    101 E. 11th Street
    Chattanooga, TN 37402

    Send a copy of your letter to Gangneung Mayor Myeong-Hee Choi:
    Mayor Myeong-Hee Choi
    Gangneung City Hall
    33 Gangneung-daero, Gangneung, Gangwon-do
    Postal Code 25522
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    최명희 강릉시장님
    25522 강원도 강릉시 강릉대로 33 (홍제동)
    South Korea

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Berke and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Chattanooga should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gangneung Mayor Myeong-Hee Choi 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: (423) 643-7800

    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, Gangneung 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 Gangneung 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!

    Twitter text

    .@gangneungcity .@happygangwon .@Chattanooga_gov Mayor Berke, Plz Urge Sister City Gangneung, Korea-Stop Eating Dogs


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

  1. Gwen Ferry
    Gwen FerryNovember 21,16

    This vile horrific industry MUST STOP. Shun this ugly country until they stop this barbaric trade in suffering of dogs and cats!!!

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