[Campaign Replaced] Sister City Campaign – Gyeongju, South Korea –Pompeii, Italy

👉 Click HERE for the updated campaign.

[Update February 7, 2017] Supportive Pompei Commissioner Cafagna responds to a call to action against the dog meat trade.

On February 7, 2017, we received a second response from the Special Commissioner of Pompeii, Dr. Donato Cafagna, regarding our campaign. He sent us a copy of the letter to Pompeii’s Sister City, Gyeongju. In his letter, he stated, “I would like to express openly our total opposition and the pain of Pompeii for a practice, if it is still in use, far from our culture.” He also asked for action from Gyeongju by stating, “We expect you will take into serious consideration our reflection, and we would be happy to receive assurances in that regard.” We are very grateful to Commissioner Cafagna for taking action to speak out for the Korean dogs. Click HERE to learn more.

[Update January 12, 2017] Special Commissioner of Pompeii, Dr. Donato Cafagna, responded to our campaign on January 12, 2017.

He stated that Pompeii is currently under receivership, and therefore he cannot take action on this issue. This is not the response we had hoped for, so we are disappointed. We will continue our campaign with the hope that we won’t have to wait until June when the new Mayor is elected because that is still in the distant future. We hope that Dr. Cafagna will reconsider and reach out to Gyeongju. Click HERE to learn more.

Special Commissioner Donato Cafagna of Pompei: Tell Sister City, Gyeongju, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Gyeongju Mayor Yang-Sik Choi

Gyeongju Mayor Yang-Sik Choi

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.

Gyeongju became Sister city with Pompeii in 1985.

In Gyeongju, 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 Gyeongju’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 219 Health Food Centers; and 74 restaurants in the vicinity of Gyeongju.

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 Gyeongju to supply these outlets.

Sister City Campaign - Gyeongju, South Korea –Pompei, Italy

Sister City Campaign - Gyeongju, South Korea –Pompei, Italy

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

Video: Media Triage: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea.

Call for Action

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Send Email:Email removed.
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Special Commissioner Donato Cafagna

    Send a copy of your letter to Gyeongju Mayor Yang-Sik Choi:
    Mayor Yang-Sik Choi
    Gyeongju City Hall
    260, Yangjeong-Ro, Gyeongju-Si, Gyeongsangbuk-Do
    Postal Code 38102
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    최양식 경주시장님
    [38102] 경상북도 경주시 양정로 260 (동천동)
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page: Pompei News Pompeii – Superintendent

(Suggested email/letter/Facebook message in Italian) Signor Sindaco della Città di Pompei, dott. Donato Cafagna
Gent.mi Signori componenti del Consiglio Comunale di Pompei

Vi chiedo cortesemente di guardare i seguenti video in merito al commercio della carne di cane in Sud Corea:,,

E’ possibile che Pompei possa gemellarsi a una città che permette di torturare i cani e i gatti per poi mangiarli?
Vi prego di intervenire, chiedendo al Sindaco di Gyeongju, Yang-Sik Choi di chiudere tutti gli allevamenti e i macelli illegali di cani, e i trasporti e i ristoranti che servono questi prodotti animali. E’ on-line questa petizione per ottenere il Vostro supporto per mettere fine a questo orrendo e crudele commercio sudcoreano di carne di cane e di gatto:
Grazie per un Vostro cortese riscontro.

[Nome e Cognome – Città]

Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

Dear Special Commissioner Cafagna and the City Council members,

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

Do you think that Pompeii should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Gyeongju Mayor Yang-Sik Choi 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 Special Commissioner’s Office: +39-081-857.6.111 (Please dial 081 as city code, including the “0”)

    Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the Special Commissioner’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your sister city, Gyeongju 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 Gyeongju 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

    .@GyeongJuCity .@gyeongsangbukdo .@pompeii_sites Mr. Cafagna, Plz Urge Sister City-Gyeongju-Stop torture/eating dogs


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