Sister City Campaign – Gokseong, South Korea – Hawaii County, Hawaii

Mayor Harry Kim of Hawaii County: Tell Sister City, Gokseong, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gokseong Mayor Geun-Gi Yu

Gokseong Governor Geun-Gi Yu

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.

Gokseong became Sister city with Hawaii County in 2011.

In Gokseong, 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 Gokseong’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 36 Health Food Centers; and 8 restaurants in the vicinity of Gokseong.

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 Gokseong to supply these outlets.

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

Please watch the documentary on the South Korea’s dog meat industry:

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

Call for Action

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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    Hawaii County
    25 Aupuni Street
    Hilo, HI 96720

    Mayor’s Office
    Hawaii County
    74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Bldg C,
    Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

    Send a copy of your letter to Gokseong County Governor Geun-Gi Yu:
    Governor Geun-Gi Yu
    Gokseong County Hall
    50 Gooncheong-ro, Gokseong-eup, Gokseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
    Postal Code 57536
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    유근기 곡성군수님
    (57536) 전라남도 곡성군 곡성읍 군청로 50
    South Korea

  • Mayor Harry Kim

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Kim and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Hawaii County should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gokseong County Governor Geun-Gi Yu 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: East Hawai‘i: (808) 961-8211 | Fax: (808) 961-6553
    West Hawai‘i: (808) 323-4444 | Fax: (808) 323-4440

    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, Gokseong County 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 Gokseong 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

    .@CleanGokseong .@greenjeonnam .@mauicounty .@HarryKim4Mayor PlzUrge SisterCity Gokseong,Korea-Stop eating dogs/cats


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

  1. Liz Farr
    Liz FarrDecember 20,16

    South Korea will never be accepted whilst this brutal cruel trade barbaric to innocent cats and dogs often people’s pets stolen. The world is watching you China and Vietnam

  2. nancy coupe
    nancy coupeDecember 21,16

    please stop this now

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