Sister City Campaign – Seoul Gangseo-gu, South Korea – Penrith, Australia

Mayor John Thain of Penrith, Australia: Tell Sister City, Seoul Gangseo-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Gangseo-gu Mayor Hyun-Song Noh

Seoul Gangseo-gu Mayor Hyun-Song Noh

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 Gangseo-gu became Sister city with Penrith in 1994.

In Seoul Gangseo-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 Gangseo-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 136 Health Food Shops and 53 restaurants in the vicinity of Seoul Gangseo-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 Gangseo-gu to supply these outlets.

Seoul Gangseo-gu, South Korea

Seoul Gangseo-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

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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Lord Mayor’s Office
    PO Box 60
    Penrith NSW 2751

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Gangseo-gu Mayor Hyun-Song Noh:
    Mayor Hyun-Song Noh
    Seoul Gangseo-gu Office
    302 Hwagok-ro, Gangseo-gu Seoul
    Postal Code 07658
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    노현송 강서구청장님
    (07658) 서울특별시 강서구 화곡로 302
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Penrith City Council
    Seoul Gangseo-gu

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Mayor John Thain of Penrith, Australia: Tell Sister City, Seoul Gangseo-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

    Dear Mayor Thain and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Penrith should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Gangseo-gu Mayor Hyun-Song Noh 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 Lord Mayor’s Office: Phone: 0411 427 812
    Fax: 02 9623 3246

    Suggested phone message

    Hello, I’m calling to speak to someone in the Lord Mayor’s Office to ask for their help on an important issue regarding your Sister city, Seoul Gangseo-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 Gangseo-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

    .@lymefeel .@seoul_smc .@seoulmania .@penrithcouncil Plz Urge Sister City, Seoul Gangseo-gu Stop torture/eating dogs

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

  1. Glenda Valle
    Glenda ValleOctober 6,17

    PLEASE STOP THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!?

  2. Monica
    MonicaOctober 9,17


  3. rose brooks
    rose brooksOctober 13,17

    I’m sure you will be shocked and disgusted when you learn of the the heinous cruelty of dog and cat eating in your sister city in s. korea. Please acquaint yourself with the unbelievable and revolting facts of this medieval business and put your influence to bear to rid the world of this horror. Thank you. Rose Brooks.

  4. Marilyn Larosa
    Marilyn LarosaOctober 22,17

    The boycotting and protests will Not Stop until this terrible business is eradicated and animal cruelty regulations and enforcement are in place

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