[Campaign Closed] Sister City Campaign – Seoul Seocho-District, South Korea – Irvine, California

[Update Aug 5, 2016] We received a response from the City of Irvine. Mayor Steven S. Choi immediately communicated his concerns to the Mayor of Seocho-gu and requested that she do everything in her power to address the animal cruelty. Click HERE to read more and send thank you email to Mayor and the City Council of Irvine.

Mayor Steven S. Choi of Irvine: Tell Sister City, Seoul Seocho 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 Seocho District Mayor Eun-Hee Cho

Seoul Seocho District Mayor Eun-Hee Cho

Seoul Seocho District became Sister city with Irvine in 2013.

Culture, art, high-end shops, first-class hotels and fashionable streets – all can be found within Seocho District in the ‘City of Corporation and IT Industry’; regrettably, so can the so-called ‘health-food centers’, places that brutally slaughter dogs and cats, to be served up as food and drinks.

There are countless dog 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 Seocho 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 dozens of 130 Health Food Centers; and 56 restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Seoul Seocho District alone.

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Seoul Seocho District to supply these outlets.

Naver search of Seoul Seocho-gu Geongangwon_073116

Naver search of Seoul Seocho-gu Boshintang_073116

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption, yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

Video: Media Triage: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea.

Please sign petition, call and email Irvine Mayor Steven S. Choi, TODAY!

To make this easy we’ve included text for your call and emails below.

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Email:
    [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
  • Send message through Facebook pages:
    City of Irvine
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor Steven S. Choi
    City Council
    1 Civic Center Plaza
    Irvine, CA 92606

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Seocho District Mayor Eun-Hee Cho:
    Mayor Eun-Hee Cho
    Seoul Seocho District Office
    2584 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea (Seocho-dong)
    Postal Code 06750
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:

    조은희 구청장님
    서울 서초구청
    (06750) 서울특별시 서초구 남부순환로 2584 (서초동)
    South Korea

  • Call Mayor’s office: 949-724-6233
  • Send a Twitter message!
    .@seochonews .@seoulmania .@City_of_Irvine Mayor Choi, Plz urge Sister City, Seoul Seocho, Stop Killing/eating Dogs!

Suggested message to the Mayor of Irvine

Dear Mayor Steven S. Choi and the City Council members:

Would you please watch the undercover videos from South Korea’s dog meat industry:

Seoul Seocho District is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 130 Health Food Centers which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 56 dog meat soup restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Seoul Seocho District alone.

Irvine should not be a Sister city to any city/district that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Seoul Seocho District Mayor Eun-Hee Cho to close down all illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses, markets, truckers, and restaurants that serve their 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]


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

  1. Juanita Heieck
    Juanita HeieckAugust 2,16

    Poor animals suffer and no one stops it.

  2. Monique
    MoniqueAugust 2,16

    Stop this

  3. Tracey Hoad
    Tracey HoadAugust 3,16

    Stop being cruel to animals!!!!!!!!!

  4. Celeste H.
    Celeste H.August 5,16

    These leaders have a responsibility to end the dog-meat trade! What is the point of being a leader if you can’t fight for those who have no rights, or no
    choices? This tragedy could end, if leaders would help the animal protection groups enable the dog-meat farmers to transition to another line of work….

  5. Monika Aniserowicz
    Monika AniserowiczAugust 5,16

    Please stop this cruelty, it is animal cruelty and you should be opposed to it.

  6. Ewa Perczak
    Ewa PerczakAugust 5,16

    it’s horrendous !! I cannot understand how the civilised people could do it !!! we are living in XXI century !!! how the people can believe that dog’s and cat’s elixirs are good for health !!!only the backward people could think that !!!! we have landed on the moon and we have yet the people on this earth who think this way ? incredible !!! only one word :: SHAME

  7. Jaime Perez
    Jaime PerezAugust 6,16

    This horrible and unimaginable practice needs to be stopped now. No animal deserves to be treated in such an inhumane and barbaric manner! This is beyond sickening.

  8. Jen
    JenAugust 6,16

    Please Stop this Evil

  9. Kimberly orbell
    Kimberly orbellAugust 7,16

    These innocent animals never done anything to you people this needs to be stopped immediately there’s no reason for this act of abuse and tourter there are other ways to survive and celebrate you don’t have to kill these innocent animals that belong to someone else.

  10. Sue Mitchell
    Sue MitchellAugust 29,16

    Please dont let this go on. Its so hurtful to see these loving animals being tortured. This kills me knowing. Please please help stop this!!!

  11. Julie Tidball
    Julie TidballSeptember 2,16

    This is beyond barbaric.

  12. Josephine Cupitt
    Josephine CupittSeptember 20,16

    Stop the torture and murder of the Dog & Cat meat trade. NOW

  13. Alena
    AlenaOctober 28,16

    Skončite s krutosťou týrania psov a mačiek,kultúra národa sa meria inakšími hodnotami,ako počtom kruto zabitých psov a mačiek

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