Friendship City Campaign – Muju-gun, South Korea – Evian, France

Mayor Marc Francina of Evian, France: Tell Friendship City, Muju-gun, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Muju-gun Mayor Jeong-Su Hwang

Muju-gun Mayor Jeong-Su Hwang

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.

Muju-gun became Friendship city with Evian, France in 2010.
In Muju-gun, 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. 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 Muju-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 46 Health Food Shops and 4 restaurants in the vicinity of Muju-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 Muju-gun to supply these outlets.

Muju-gun, South Korea dog meat maps

Muju-gun, South Korea dog meat maps

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]; [email protected];
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Bureau du maire
    74502 Evian cedex

    Send a copy of your letter to Muju-gun Mayor Jeong-Su Hwang:
    Mayor Jeong-Su Hwang
    Muju-gun Office
    97 Jugae-ro, Muju-Eup, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do
    Postal Code 55517
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    (55517) 전라북도 무주군 무주읍 주계로 97
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Marc Francina

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message – In French

    Objet: Amitié entre les villes d’Evian et Muju-Gun, Corée du Sud

    Monsieur le maire d’Evian, mesdames et messieurs les conseillers municipaux,

    Regardez les vidéos de l’industrie de la viande de chats et de chiens en Corée du Sud:

    Pouvez vous conserver vos liens d’amitié avec une ville où l’on torture et on mange les chiens et les chats? Demandez au maire de Muju-Gun, Jeong-Su Hwang, de fermer tous les élevages et les abattoirs illégaux, les marchés, les restaurants qui vendent ces produits. Une petition est actuellement en ligne, qui demande votre soutien pou combattre l’odieux commerce de chats et de chiens en Corée du Sud:
    Dans l’attente de votre réponse, merci !

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Friendship City – Muju-gun, South Korea

    Dear Mayor Francina and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Evian should be a Friendship city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Muju-gun Mayor Jeong-Su Hwang 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: Tel: 04 50 83 10 07,
    04 50 83 10 08
    Fax : 04 50 83 10 03

    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 Friendship city, Muju-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 Muju-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.

  • Send a Twitter message!

    Suggested Twitter text

    .@evian_ville .@jeonbukstar Mayor Francina, Plz Urge Friendship City Muju-gun, South Korea-Stop the torture and consumption of dogs and cats

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

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