Sister City Campaign – Seoul Yangcheon-gu, South Korea – Bankstown, Australia

Mayor Khal Asfour of Bankstown: Tell Sister City, Seoul Yangcheon-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Seoul Yangcheon-gu Mayor Su-Young Kim

Seoul Yangcheon-gu Mayor Su-Young Kim

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 Yangcheon-gu became Sister city with Bankstown in 2002.

In Seoul Yangcheon-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 Yangcheon-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 125 Health Food Shops and 49 restaurants in the vicinity of Seoul Yangcheon-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 Yangcheon-gu to supply these outlets.

Naver Search for Seoul Yangcheon-gu Geongangwon 100217

Naver Search for Seoul Yangcheon-gu Boshintang 100217

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):Mayor’s Office
    PO Box 8
    Bankstown NSW 1885

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Yangcheon-gu Mayor Su-Young Kim:
    Mayor Su-Young Kim
    Seoul Yangcheon-gu Government
    105 Mokdongdong-ro, Yangcheon-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 08095
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    김수영 서울양천구청장님
    (08095) 서울특별시 양천구 목동동로 105
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Bankston Mayor Khal Asfour
    Seoul Yangcheon-gu
    Seoul Yangcheon-gu Mayor

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Subject: Mayor Khal Asfour of Bankstown: Tell Sister City, Seoul Yangcheon-gu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

    Dear Mayor Asfour and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Bankstown should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Seoul Yangcheon-gu Mayor Su-Young Kim 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: Phone: 9707 9000
    Fax: 9707 9700

    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 Yangcheon-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 Yangcheon-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

    .@yangcheongu .@welfareKSY .@seoulmania .@ourcbcity Plz Urge Sister City Seoul Yangcheon-gu:Stop torture/eating dogs

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

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