Sister City Campaign – Guri, South Korea – Carrollton, Texas
Mayor Matthew Marchant of Carrollton: Tell Sister City, Guri, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.
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.
Guri became Sister city with Carrollton in 2010.
Guri is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. There are countless dog 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; 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 subjected to the same cruelty.
A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Guri’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: 83 Health Food Centers; and 34 restaurants in and around the city of Guri alone.
Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in and around Guri in order to supply all of these outlets.
There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored .
The Mayor of Guri City aspirationally states that Guri striving to be a “world-class city”. His goal is for Guri to become the education and culture-oriented centre in the eastern part of Seoul and he describes it as an “environmentally friendly culture”. We are afraid that, once you peel back the gloss of this historical and culture-orientated city, there is none of that focus or aspiration when it comes to how this City and its residents treat the dogs and cats that live there too!
How can a City which fails to tackle the brutal and medieval dog and cat meat trade in its own backyard be “world-class” or indeed “environmentally friendly!” The ambitions of this City and what it puts into practice are completely juxtaposed! Guri is host to dog and cat meat restaurants as well as farmers and butchers unconcerned with animal welfare, care for the environment or indeed, even the safety of their own customers when it comes to serving up cats and dogs for human consumption. If Guri truly wishes to meet its ambitions and to indeed become a “world class city” then it needs to take action NOW to stop the operation of the restaurants, butchers and farmers operating in the sickening, cruel and internationally condemned dog and cat meat trades.
Help us to tell Guri what the meaning of “world class city” truly is, that is, one where the barbaric dog and cat meat trades are extinguished for good! Help us Tell Guri the world is watching!
To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.
- No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
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- Send message through Facebook pages:
City of Carrollton
- Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):
Mayor Matthew Marchant
City of Carrollton
P.O. Box 110535
Carrollton, Texas 75011-0535
Send a copy of your letter to Guri Mayor Kyung-Hyeon Baek:
Mayor Kyung-Hyeon Baek
City of Guri
439 Achasan-ro, Guri, Gyeonggi-do
Postal Code 11954
Address in Korean:
(우)11954 경기도 구리시 아차산로 439 (교문동)
- Call the Mayor Matthew Marchant’s office: 972-466-3001, 972-466-3166 (VM)
- Send a Twitter message!
Suggested message to the Carrollton Mayor Matthew Marchant
Dear Mayor Matthew Marchant and the members of the City Council,
Guri is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 83 Health Food Centers which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 34 dog meat soup restaurants in and around the city of Guri alone.
Carrollton should not be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Guri Mayor Kyung-Hyeon Baek to close down all illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers and restaurants who serve their products. An online petition calling for your support in ending the horrendous South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-matthew-marchant-of-carrollton-tell-sister-city-guri-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-torture-consumption-of-dogs-and-cats
The favor of your reply is requested.
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