Sister City Campaign – Gwangmyeong, South Korea – Austin, Texas
Mayor Steve Adler of Austin: Tell Sister City, Gwangmyeong, 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.
Gwangmyeong 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.
Gwangmyeong prizes itself as being one of the most promising cities in Korea, and sees itself as an important central point for transportation and distribution out to other parts of the country. It states that the “great toil” made by its citizens is now becoming “a driving force for opening up a bright future”.
A ‘bright future’, however, that is currently marred by the disturbingly cruel dog and cat-meat trades. A trade in which, every day, these defenseless and helpless creatures are intentionally terrorized, before being served up as food. This cruelty carries on unchecked by government officials and flies in the face of the city’s desired reputation of being one of education and innovation, as well as its perceived standing of being ‘the best city’ in Korea, with regards to culture, tourism and economy.
Let’s tell Gwangmyeong that their city cannot hope to be ‘the best’ or to enjoy ‘a bright future’ while it continues to harbour the dark and indifferent dog and cat-meat trades. Let’s tell Gwangmyeong that education is nothing without compassion. And, let’s tell Gwangmyeong that we want their citizens to prove they live in a promising city by becoming the driving force to end these trades.
A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Gwangmyeong’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: 160 Health Food Centers; and 73 restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Gwangmyeong 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 the vicinity of Gwangmyeong 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.
To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.
- No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
Click HERE to send an online message to the Mayor Adler.
Click HERE to send an online message to the Marianne Z. Martinez, Sister Cities/International Program Coordinator.
- Send message through Facebook pages:
Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin
- Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):
Austin Mayor Steve Adler
301 W 2nd St
Send a copy of your letter to Gwangmyeong Mayor Ki-Dae Yang:
Mayor Ki-Dae Yang
City of Gwangmyeong
20, Shicheong-ro, Gwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do
Postal Code 14234
Address in Korean:
(우)14234 경기도 광명시 시청로 20
- Call the Mayor Steve Adler’s office: 512-978-2100
- Send a Twitter message!
Suggested message to the Austin Mayor Steve Adler
Dear Mayor Steve Adler and the members of the City Council,
Gwangmyeong is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 160 Health Food Centers which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 73 dog meat soup restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Gwangmyeong alone.
Austin should not be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Gwangmyeong Mayor Ki-Dae Yang 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-steve-adler-of-austin-tell-sister-city-gwangmyeong-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-torture-consumption-of-dogs-cats
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