Sister City Campaign – Goseong-gun, South Korea – Glendale, California

Mayor Vartan Gharpetian of Glendale: Tell Sister City, Goseong-gun, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

The Acting Goseong-gun Mayor Si-Han Oh

The Acting Goseong-gun Mayor Si-Han Oh

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.

Goseong-gun became Sister city with Glendale in 2009.

In Goseong-gun, 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 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 Goseong-gun’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 36 Health Food Shops and 9 restaurants in the vicinity of Goseong-gun.

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 Goseong-gun to supply these outlets.

Goseong-gun, South Korea

Goseong-gun, South Korea

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

Call for Action

  • Send Email:
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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    City of Glendale
    613 East Broadway, Suite 200
    Glendale, CA 91206

    Send a copy of your letter to the Acting Goseong-gun Mayor Si-Han Oh:
    The Acting Goseong-gun Mayor Si-Han Oh
    Goseong-gun Office
    130 Seongnae-ro, Goseong-eup, Goseong-gun,Gyeongsangnam-do
    Postal Code 52943
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    오시환 고성군수 권한대행
    (우 52943) 경상남도 고성군 고성읍 성내로 130
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Vartan Gharpetian

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Gharpetian and the City Council members,

    We thank you for taking action by contacting Mayor Young-Rok Yoo, of your Sister City, Gimpo, South Korea, by stating your disapproval of any inhumane treatment of those dogs and cats which go into the meat trades in that city.

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

    Do you think that Glendale should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge the Acting Goseong-gun Mayor Si-Han Oh 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: 818-548-4844, 818-550-4400

    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, Goseong-gun 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 Goseong-gun 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

    .@gsdino .@gyeongnamdo .@MyGlendale Mayor Gharpetian, Plz Urge SisterCity Goseong-gun,Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs

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

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