[Campaign Closed] Sister City Campaign – Seoul Jung-gu, South Korea – Parramatta, Australia

[Update November 13, 2017] Parramatta responds.

We received a response from the City of Parramatta, on October 31, to our campaign against the horrible cruelty to companion animals in South Korea, in which we asked for their support to help end the illegal and cruel industry in that country.

We had hoped that the City of Parramatta would respond by reaching out to their counterparts in Seoul, Jung-gu, but they have not indicated any plans for action to address our concerns. We are, however, grateful for their acknowledgement of our campaign and concerns.

We will close our campaign now.

Response from Parramatta 103117

Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson of Parramatta: Tell Sister City, Seoul Jung-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Jung-gu Mayor Chang-Sik Choi

Seoul Jung-gu Mayor Chang-Sik Choi

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 Jung-gu became Sister city with Parramatta in 1998.

In Seoul Jung-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 Jung-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 76 Health Food Shops and 44 restaurants in the vicinity of Seoul Jung-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 Jung-gu to supply these outlets.

Seoul Jung-gu District, South Korea

Seoul Jung-gu District, 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:
    [email protected]; [email protected];
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Lord Mayor’s Office
    City of Parramatta
    PO Box 32, Parramatta NSW 2124

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Jung-gu Mayor Chang-Sik Choi:
    Mayor Chang-Sik Choi
    Seoul Jung-gu Office
    17 Changgyeonggung-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 04558
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    최창식 중구청장님
    서울시 중구청
    (우) 04558 서울시 중구 창경궁로 17
    South Korea

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

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson of Parramatta: Tell Sister City, Seoul Jung-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

    Dear Lord Mayor Wilson and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Parramatta should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Jung-gu Mayor Chang-Sik Choi 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: 1300 617 058

    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 Jung-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 Jung-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

    .@heartofseoul_Jg .@seoulmania .@parracity Plz Urge Sister City, Seoul Jung-gu, #Korea-Stop torture/eating dogs/cats

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

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