Sister City Campaign – Hanam, South Korea – La Palma, California

Mayor Michele Steggell of La Palma: Tell Sister City, Hanam, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Hanam Mayor Su-Bong Oh

Hanam Mayor Su-Bong 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.

Hanam became Sister city with La Palma in 2009.

In Hanam, 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 Hanam’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 108 Health Food Shops and 43 restaurants in the vicinity of Hanam.

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 Hanam to supply these outlets.

Hanam, South Korea

Hanam, 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: [email protected];
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    City of La Palma
    7822 Walker Street
    La Palma, CA 90623

    Send a copy of your letter to Hanam Mayor Su-Bong Oh:
    Mayor Su-Bong Oh
    City of Hanam
    10 Daecheong-ro, Hanam, Gyeonggi-do
    Postal Code 12951
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    오수봉 하남시장님
    (우)12951 경기도 하남시 대청로 10
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    La Palma

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Steggell and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that La Palma should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Hanam Mayor Su-Bong 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: Phone: (714) 690-3333
    Fax: (714) 523-2141

    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, Hanam 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 Hanam 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

    .@hncity .@ggholic .@CityofLaPalma .@007_Michele Plz Urge Sister City Hanam, Korea-Stop torturing/eating dogs & cats

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

  1. Perczak Ewa
    Perczak EwaJuly 17,17

    I wonder when the people will wake up !!! when the people will realise that our conscience is not the money !!!! we begin our end !! end of the humanity !!! how the man can do that ? even in the middle ages, even in the stone ages, the man never ! never did it to the animals !!! what a shame for our humanity now !!! the day when the man conquisted the space, we make the hell on our Earth to the animals !!!

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