Sister City Campaign – Hadong-gun, South Korea – Adelanto, California

Mayor Richard Kerr of Adelanto: Tell Sister City, Hadong-gun, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Hadong-gun Mayor Youn Sang-Ki

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.

Hadong-gun became Sister city with Adelanto in March 2018.

In Hadong-gun, there are countless restaurants that serve dog meat from dogs who are tortured their entire lives and who end up being slaughtered in the most inhumane ways, such as by electrocution, hanging, or beating; and then are thrown into boiling water – sometimes while they are still alive. 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 Hadong-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 69 Health Food Shops and 20 restaurants in the vicinity of Hadong-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 Hadong-gun to supply these outlets.

Hadong-gun, South Korea

Hadong-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 Adelanto City Hall
    11600 Air Expressway
    Adelanto, CA 92301

    Send a copy of your letter to Hadong-gun Mayor Youn Sang-Ki:
    Mayor Youn Sang-Ki
    Hadong-gun Government
    23, Guncheong-ro, Hadong-eup, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Postal Code 52333
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    (52333) 경상남도 하동군 하동읍 군청로 23
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Youn Sang-Ki

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Sister City – Hadong-gun, South Korea

    Dear Mayor Kerr and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Adelanto should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Hadong-gun Mayor Youn Sang-Ki 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: 760-881-0353

    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, Hadong-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 Hadong-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.
    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

    .@okhadong .@gyeongnamdo .@mofa_kr .@MOFAkr_eng .@CityofAdelanto Mayor Kerr, Please Urge Sister City Hadong-gun, South Korea-Stop torturing and eating dogs and cats.

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

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