Sister City Campaign – Seoul Gwanak-District, South Korea – Montgomery County, Pennsylvania [Campaign Closed]
[Update October 4, 2016] We have received a response today regarding our Sister City Campaign with the Seoul/Gwanak District, South Korea, and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Director of Commerce for Montgomery County, Ms. DiGiorgio, has informed us that Montgomery County does not have a Sister City connections with any international region. Our Sister City Campaign had been launched based upon information obtained from Governors Association of Korea. With this confirmation given by Montgomery County of its nonparticipation with a Sister City, we will now close our Sister City Campaign, and online petition. Click HERE to learn more.
Commissioner Josh Shapiro of Montgomery County: Tell Sister City, Seoul Gwanak District, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.
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 Gwanak District is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. There are countless dog slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants where the dogs, who are 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 subjected to the same cruelty.
The mayor of Gwanak-gu, Yoo Jong-pil, says that his city has just begun its journey to prosperity, where everyone will be able to greet a bright tomorrow. Extensive job opportunities will improve economic and social vitality and the dreams of the children will brighten Gwanak-gu. He claims that responsible and responsive public services will ensure the ultimate convenience for the citizens of the city, and humans and nature will continue to coexist in harmony.
But how can there be any harmony as long as the barbaric dog and cat-meat trades exist? Does the convenience of the citizens depend upon dogs and cats living their entire lives in vile and inhumane conditions before being brutally slaughtered? Gwanak-gu can never have a bright future as long as its citizens continue to live in the past, and the dreams of its children will never come true.
It’s time to tell the mayor and citizens of Gwanak-gu that a flourishing future can only happen when the dog and cat meat trades no longer exist.
A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Seoul Gwanak District’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: 189 Health Food Centers; and 70 restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Seoul Gwanak District alone.
Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Seoul Gwanak District in order to supply all of these outlets.
There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption yet these laws are blatantly ignored.
To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.
- No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
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- Send message through Facebook pages:
- Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):
Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Gwanak District Mayor Jong-Pil Yoo:
Mayor Jong-Pil Yoo
Seoul Gwanak District Office
145, Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul
Postal Code 08832
Address in Korean:
(우)08832 서울특별시 관악구 관악로145 (봉천동)
- Call County Commissioner Josh Shapiro’s office: 610-278-3000
- Send a Twitter message!
Suggested message to the County Commissioners of Montgomery County
Dear County Commissioners of Montgomery County,
Seoul Gwanak District is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 189 Health Food Centers which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 70 dog meat soup restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Seoul Gwanak District alone.
Montgomery County should not be a Sister city to any city/district that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Seoul Gwanak District Mayor Jong-Pil Yoo to close down all illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers and restaurants who serve their products. An online petition calling for your support in ending the horrendous South Korean dog and cat meat cruelty is in progress: https://www.change.org/p/commissioner-josh-shapiro-of-montgomery-county-tell-sister-city-gwanak-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-torture-consumption-of-dogs-cats
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