[Campaign Closed] Sister City Campaign – Gapyeong, South Korea – Cedar City, Utah

[Update – April 17, 2017] The mayor of Cedar City, Utah responds to call to action against the dog meat trade.

We have received a response from Mayor Maile Wilson, in Cedar City, Utah regarding our campaign, asking them to take action over the dog-meat trade in their Sister City, Gapyeong in South Korea and we are pleased to say that she has responded positively. We are grateful to the Mayor for responding to our concern so quickly and for taking action to contact the Gapyeong government. Click HERE to learn more.

Mayor Maile Wilson of Cedar City: Tell Sister City, Gapyeong, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gapyeong Mayor Seong-Gi Kim

Gapyeong Mayor Seong-Gi 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.

Gapyeong became Sister city with Cedar City in 2009.
In Gapyeong, 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. 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 Gapyeong’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 49 Health Food Shops and 41 restaurants in the vicinity of Gapyeong.

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 Gapyeong to supply these outlets.

Gapyeong, South Korea – Cedar City, Utah - Sister City Campaign

Gapyeong, South Korea – Cedar City, Utah - Sister City Campaign

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

Please sign petition, call, write and email the Cedar City Mayor TODAY!

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: Mayor has responded positively so there’s no need to send emails.
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    Cedar City
    10 N. Main St.
    Cedar City, Utah 84720

    Send a copy of your letter to Gapyeong Mayor Seong-Gi Kim:
    Mayor Seong-Gi Kim
    Gapyeong County Office
    181 Seokbong-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
    Postal Code 12417
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    (12417) 경기도 가평군 가평읍 석봉로 181
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Cedar City
    Mayor Maile Wilson

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Wilson and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Cedar City should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gapyeong Mayor Seong-Gi 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 Mayor’s Office: (435) 586-2953

    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, Gapyeong 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 Gapyeong 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

    .@GaPyeongCounty .@ggholic .@CedarCityUtah .@WilsonMaile Plz Urge SisterCity Gapyeong,Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs


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

  1. Perczak Ewa
    Perczak EwaApril 16,17

    After signing the petition and sending the message to the city of Cedar, I received feedback from a one of Cedar citizens! I will not copy it to you but I will copy you my answer to his email !! You can easily guess the content of his feedback! I am deeply disappointed that there are people who still have this reaction and not only in South Korea, in the USA too !! It also means that we must always fight for our friends
    I have received your email, full of history, full of indifference and malice! I was able to search, but I did not find an ounce of compassion !!!

    So, I will talk to you about our modern world !! our world of 2017 and not of 1950 !! Our modern world where men think to go on the planet Mars !!
    A world in which South Korea is the economic power.
    I am going to talk to you about this country and these citizens (some) who excel in the torture inflicted on dogs and cats !! I will talk to you about this modern country, where there are meat dog farms !!! The places where these poor animals suffer a martyrdom from birth to death !!! Where torture rises in crescendo from birth to death !! Where one can think that death represents a deliverance but this is not the case unfortunately ! Some Korean citizens invent diabolical tortures they inflict on these poor creatures of God !!!

    I will talk to you about this modern country where they tie a dog alive, with his jaws shut with a rope, to burn him alive, with a blowtorch!

    A modern country, where they plunge the puppies alive in oil boiling like a fry! Some customers like fried puppy meat !!! “” it’is very tender “”!! A modern country, where they hang a dog alive, on a hook, with his jaws shut with a rope, to remove his skin! And he is still alive !! Then his bloody body, still alive, is plunged in a boiling water! And when this poor dog tries to get his head out of the water, he is pushed to the bottom with a stick !!! And there …. silence … finally its ordeal has ended !!
    I’m going to talk to you about this modern country, where they suspend a dog still alive, by his four legs to beat him to death: the meat is tender so-called !!! the country where they hang the dog behind the restaurant !!!

    And, finally, I will speak to you of this modern country, where, to guarantee the freshness of the meat, they cut the leg of the alive dog, putting him back in the cage for the new demand for a piece of fresh meat! ! I think, you would not even have done it with a chicken !! But them, !!! They do it with the dogs !!

    A human being, like I am, is deeply chocked by this kind of treatement! I am sick !!! It makes me want to vomit, cry and cry! I can not sleep after seeing some scenes of torture .. why so much suffering inflicted on an animal ?, if this animal is supposed to feed them !! I fight against the suffering and mistreatment that inflicts to the animals !!! Everywhere in the world where I am asked to give my voice for these poor creatures I do it !!! God created us, like the animals on this Earth, the Pope Francis is opposed to all animal mistreatment !! Like many great men in the past !!! When I’ll be in front of the God, I shall not be ashamed, for I know that I had done all that was in my power to stop this animal misery! no animal deserves this treatment !!! !!
    Neither those who are free, nor those who are our friends and those who feed us , and those who feed us deserve our respect !!

    “the world is the dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing ” Albert Einstein
    you are one of those who do nothing !!!

    Goodness makes the world and people are beautiful, life is beautiful, everyone laughs and enjoys life! the indifference and monstrosity make people ugly and the world is vile !!
    Man has transformed the Earth into hell for animals! It’s time to stop it!
    If you were glad to have written your letter so uinhumaine, I pity your animals, if you have them !!
    and I promise you that if I hit the road with my dog-and-pony, as you suggested, I would surely not pass through your town, till there will be the people like you !!! fortunately, in your country, most of people are like me, not like you, ,,,. and at last, I will terminate my letter with a saying of your president Abraham Lincoln “” I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights ! That is the way of whole human being””

    Ewa Perczak
    Citizen of St Mard in France and not your friend !!

  2. Mairi Donald
    Mairi DonaldApril 18,17

    What an amazing reply, how you have worded it, is fantastic. I can’t watch these videos because they stay with me and give me nightmares but I have read what you have written and know the horrific cruelty inflicted on them. How these people that do that can sleep, can exist, is beyond me. We must keep fighting until this is stopped forever. Now that Taiwan has banned it, there is a glimmer of light.

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