Sister City Campaign – Pohang, South Korea –Pittsburg, California

Mayor Ben Johnson of Pittsburg: Tell Sister City, Pohang, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Pohang Mayor Kang-Deok Lee

Pohang Mayor Kang-Deok Lee

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.

Pohang became Sister city with Pittsburg in 1987.

In Pohang, 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 Pohang’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 225 Health Food Centers; and 73 restaurants in the vicinity of Pohang.

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 Pohang to supply these outlets.

Sister City Campaign - Pohang, South Korea –Pittsburg, California

Sister City Campaign - Pohang, South Korea –Pittsburg, California

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

Please watch the documentary on South Korea’s dog meat industry:

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

Please sign petition, call, write and email the Pittsburg Mayor TODAY!


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

  1. ana antunes
    ana antunesMarch 7,17

    Dear Mayor Johnson and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Pittsburg should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Pohang Mayor Kang-Deok Lee 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,

  2. Mijeong Kim
    Mijeong KimDecember 6,18

    Dear Managers of this website,
    I am a civil servnat working at Pohang city.
    I want to let you know that most of Korean don’t eat dog meat. I also don’t eat it and hate the people who eat the meat.
    As I know, just a few old people eat dog meat, who has ever eaten the meat when they were young.
    There is a misktake on the article. “건강원”-Health Food Center” you searched on the ‘Naver’ doesn’t mean the place where treats dog.
    “건강원- Health food center” is the place where squeeze herbs or fruits. That makes them drink easily as healthy food.
    Please check the words again and amend the articles.
    I also kindly ask you to delete the photo of Mayor Lee.
    Sincerely yours.

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