Sister City Campaign – Seoul Eunpyeong-gu, South Korea – Canterbury, Australia

Mayor Khal Asfour of Canterbury: Tell Sister City, Seoul Eunpyeong-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Eunpyeong District Mayor Wu-Yeong Kim

Seoul Eunpyeong District Mayor Wu-Yeong Kim

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.

Seoul Eunpyeong-gu became Sister city with Canterbury in 1998.

In Seoul Eunpyeong-gu, 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 Seoul Eunpyeong-gu’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 91 Health Food Shops and 36 restaurants in the vicinity of Seoul Eunpyeong-gu.

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 Seoul Eunpyeong-gu to supply these outlets.

Naver Search for Seoul Eunpyeong-gu Boshintang 100217

Naver Search for Seoul Eunpyeong-gu Geongangwon 100217

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
    PO Box 8
    Bankstown NSW 1885

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Eunpyeong-gu Mayor Wu-Yeong Kim:
    Mayor Wu-Yeong Kim
    Seoul Eunpyeong District Office
    195, Eunpyeong-ro, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 03384
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    김우영 구청장님
    서울 은평구청
    (03384) 서울특별시 은평구 은평로 195
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Canterbury Bankstown
    Mayor Khal Asfour
    Seoul Eunpyeong-gu
    Seoul Eunpyeong-gu Mayor

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Mayor Khal Asfour of Canterbury: Tell Sister City, Seoul Eunpyeong-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

    Dear Mayor Asfour and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Canterbury should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Eunpyeong-gu Mayor Wu-Yeong Kim 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: 9707 9000
    Fax: 9707 9700

    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, Seoul Eunpyeong-gu 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 Seoul Eunpyeong-gu 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

    .@Eunpyeongworld .@wooyoung1995 .@seoulmania .@ourcbcity Plz Urge Sister City Seoul Eunpyeong-gu-Stop torturing dogs

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

  1. Al Green
    Al GreenOctober 6,17

    This is not right. These dogs live horrific lives, and die an even worse death. Please stop this torture now. I only wish these cooks experienced the same fate. An eye for an eye.

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