Sister City Campaign – Gapyeong, South Korea – Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia

Mayor Andrew Soulos of Strathfield, New South Wales: 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 Strathfield in 2011.

In Gapyeong, 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. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected 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 Food Shops” 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: 49 Health Food Shops; and 41 restaurants in the vicinity of Gapyeong.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Shops 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 Gapyeong in order to supply all of these outlets.

Gapyeong, South Korea – Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia - Sister City Campaign

Gapyeong, South Korea – Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia - Sister City Campaign

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

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 Strathfield Mayor TODAY!

Strathfield Mayor Andrew Soulos

Strathfield Mayor Andrew Soulos

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:
    [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Office of the Mayor
    City of Strathfield
    PO Box 120
    Strathfield NSW 2135

    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: Strathfield

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Soulos and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Strathfield 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: Phone: (02) 9748 9999
    (02) 9764 1034

    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, 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 city 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 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

    [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Plz Urge Sister City, Gapyeong, South Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs/cats

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

  1. Kimberley Caines
    Kimberley CainesSeptember 13,17

    Hi, I’m a reporter at the Inner West Courier and we’re interested in speaking you you about the petition. What is the best way to contact you? Thank you, Kimberley

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