Sister City Campaign – Hapcheon-gun, South Korea – Bergen County, New Jersey
County Executive James Tedesco III of Bergen County: Tell Sister City, Hapcheon-gun, 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.
Hapcheon-gun became Sister city with Bergen County in 2004.
In Hapcheon-gun, there are countless dog farms, 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 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 Hapcheon-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 Food Shops” 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”.
Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Shops 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 Hapcheon-gun 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.
- Send Email:
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- Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):
Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III
One Bergen County Plaza
Floor 5, Room 580
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Send a copy of your letter to Hapcheon-gun Mayor Chang-Hwan Ha:
Mayor Chang-Hwan Ha
119 Dongseo-ro, Hapcheon-eup, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Postal Code 50231
Address in Korean:
(50231) 경남 합천군 합천읍 동서로 119
- Send a message through Facebook page:
Suggested email/letter/Facebook message
Dear County Executive Tedesco III and the County Council members,
We ask you to please watch the videos of South Korea’s dog meat industry: http://youtu.be/3uR8R8Mu70Q
Do you think that Bergen County should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Hapcheon-gun Mayor Chang-Hwan Ha 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: https://www.change.org/p/county-executive-james-tedesco-iii-of-bergen-county-tell-sister-city-hapcheon-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-the-torture-consumption-of-dogs
The favor of your reply is requested.
[Your Name & City/Country]
- Call the Mayor’s Office: 865-215-2040
Suggested phone message
Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the County Executive’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your sister city, Hapcheon-gun in South Korea.
If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that county, regardless of the fact that 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 county would wish to be made aware of this issue, as they would not want to be affiliated with a county 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 Hapcheon-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.
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.
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