Sister City Campaign – Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea – Segovia, Spain

[Update: January 13, 2018] Response from Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor

Our dedicated volunteer Rudy, forwarded us email response which he had received from the Seoul Gangdong-gu mayor. Click HERE to learn more and see our response to Mayor Lee.

Mayor Clara Luquero de Nicolás of Segovia, Spain: Tell Sister City, Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor Hae-Sik Lee

Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor Hae-Sik 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.

Seoul Gangdong-gu became Sister city with Segovia in 2000.
In Seoul Gangdong-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 Gangdong-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 73 Health Food Shops and 28 restaurants in the vicinity of Seoul Gangdong-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 Gangdong-gu to supply these outlets.

Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea

Seoul Gangdong-gu, 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:
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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):
    Alcaldesa de Segovia, doña Clara Luquero de Nicolás
    Ayuntamiento de Segovia
    Plaza Mayor, 1, 40001 Segovia

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor Hae-Sik Lee:
    Mayor Hae-Sik Lee
    Seoul Gangdong-gu Office
    25 Seongnae-ro, Gangdong-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 05397
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    이해식 강동구청장님
    05397 서울시 강동구 성내로 25
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Seoul Gangdong-gu

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message – In Spanish

    Asunto: Segovia, Ciudad Hermana de Seoul Gangdong-gu, Corea del Sur

    Estimada Señora Alcaldesa de Segovia doña Clara Luquero de Nicolás y miembros del Concejo Municipal,

    Respetuosamente pedimos que tenga a bien observar estos videos correspondientes al comercio de carne de perro en Corea del Sur:

    ¿Considera Usted que Segovia debería ser Ciudad Hermana de cualquier otra que permita torturar y comer perros y gatos? Por favor, inste al alcalde de Seoul Gangdong-gu Hae-Sik Lee a que ponga fin a las granjas ilegales de perro, y a los mataderos, mercados, transportes y restaurantes que utilicen productos de aquel origen. Está en curso una petición en línea solicitando su apoyo para terminar con la crueldad inherente a la industria de carnes de perro y gato en Corea del Sur:
    Se solicita el favor de su respuesta.
    Muchas gracias,

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Sister City – Seoul Gangdong-gu, South Korea

    Dear Mayor Luquero de Nicolás and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Segovia should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Gangdong-gu Mayor Hae-Sik 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,

    [Your Name & City/Country]

  • Call the Mayor’s Office: 92141-9800
    To call Spain from the U.S., just follow these simple dialing directions:
    First dial 011, the U.S. exit code.
    Next dial 34, the country code for Spain.
    and finally the phone number (9 digits).

    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 Gangdong-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 Gangdong-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

    .@gangdongpr .@seoulmania .@segovia_es Plz Urge Sister City Seoul Gangdong-gu, Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs & cats

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

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