Sister City Campaign – Seoul Yeongdeungpo-District, South Korea – Monterey Park, California

Mayor Mitchell Ing of Monterey Park: Tell Sister City, Seoul Yeongdeungpo 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.

Yeongdeungpo-gu District Mayor Gil-Hyeong Jo

Yeongdeungpo-gu District Mayor Gil-Hyeong Jo

Seoul Yeongdeungpo District became Sister city with Monterey Park in 2007.

Yeongdeungpo district of Seoul, the home of ‘shiny skyscrapers’, Hanjin Shipping and LG; it has super-malls, 5-star hotels and – oh so importantly – a self-quoted desire to: “strive to provide a brighter future for a green city exuding vitality and affection”.

So let’s ask what the brighter future will be for the dogs in their meat trade. 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.

This place claims to wish to “focus attentively on the diverse opinions and criticism”, so let’s not disappoint them: please share your opinions and pass on your criticisms – tell them what you think of their dog-meat trade, tell them it must stop.

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Seoul Yeongdeungpo 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: 218 Health Food Centers; and 104 restaurants in and around the city of Seoul Yeongdeungpo 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 and around Seoul Yeongdeungpo District in order to supply all of these outlets.

Sister City Campaign - Seoul Yeongdeungpo-District, South Korea - Monterey Park, California

Naver search for Seoul Yeongdeungpo-gu Boshintang_083116

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 Monterey Park Mayor Mitchell Ing, TODAY!

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

Monterey Park Mayor Mitchell Ing

Monterey Park Mayor Mitchell Ing

  • No matter where you live, please SIGN OUR PETITION
  • Email:;;;;;;
  • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):

    Mayor Mitchell Ing
    City of Monterey Park
    320 West Newmark Ave.
    Monterey Park, CA 91754

    Send a copy of your letter to Seoul Yeongdeungpo District Mayor Gil-Hyeong Jo:
    Mayor Gil-Hyeong Jo
    Seoul Yeongdeungpo District Office
    (07260) 123, Dangsan-ro , Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
    Postal Code 06750
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:

    조길형 구청장님
    서울 영등포구청
    (07260)서울 영등포구 당산로 123 (당산동3가)
    South Korea

  • Call Mayor’s office: 626-307-1255 Fax: 626-280-4537
  • Send a Twitter message!
    .@HappyYDP .@seoulmania .@CityofMPK Mayor Ing, Plz urge Sister City, Seoul Yeongdeungpo, Stop Killing & Eating Dogs!

Suggested message to the Mayor of Monterey Park

Dear Mayor Mitchell Ing and the City Council members:

Please watch the undercover videos from South Korea’s dog meat industry:

Seoul Yeongdeungpo District is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 218 ‘Health Food Centers’ which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 104 dog meat soup restaurants in and around the city of Seoul Yeongdeungpo District alone.

Monterey Park should not be a Sister city to any city/district that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Seoul Yeongdeungpo District Mayor Gil-Hyeong Jo 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:
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 Monterey Park!

  1. Alba Morillo
    Alba MorilloSeptember 6,16


  2. sam sutton
    sam suttonSeptember 7,16

    I will never visit a country who allows this trade to continue… disgusting

  3. Barry Lunn
    Barry LunnSeptember 7,16

    Stop the disgusting, barbaric trade Now!!

  4. Nikki Nafziger
    Nikki NafzigerSeptember 7,16

    I will never buy anything from Korea! I will never visit there! I will BOYCOTT the Olympics there! The fact that it’s illegal to have dogs and cats for consumption is meaningless because the law is NOT enforced. I wish we would take our soldiers out of Korea. I don’t want us protecting you. ONLY the dogs and cats need protection.

  5. carolyn Gerner
    carolyn GernerSeptember 8,16


  6. Suzy
    SuzySeptember 9,16

    I will not support anything to do with this country, won’t buy any Korean products until this cruelty is stopped.

  7. MS
    MSJune 25,17

    Let’s be rational, compassionate, moral & merciful — we do NOT live in the Dark Ages — you are a progressive & modern country with a richness & beauty — SHUT DOWN PERMANENTLY this unnecessary, irrational, hateful, heinous, horrific, sadistic, cowardly, immoral, cruel & unconscionable dog/cat meat racket — the suffering & insane treatment inflicted on these vulnerable & innocent animals is beyond the pale — the world is watching — SHUT DOWN THESE HORROR DOG/CAT MEAT FARMS ONCE AND FOR ALL!

  8. MS
    MSJune 25,17

    In this day and age, NO jurisdiction should be selling dog & cat meat, especially a country like S. Korea, a progressive country with a unique richness and beauty. Think of all the tourists who visit unbeknownst to them of this brutally horrific & immoral industry. Think of all the S. Korean products bought by Americans, who are in the dark when it comes to the S. Korean dog & cat meat trade.

    This industry is insanely cruel, sadistic, needless, merciless, immoral — the unnecessary torturous suffering inflicted on animals is so depraved, it’s beyond the pale — we MUST SHUT DOWN this horrific dog/cat meat racket PERMANENTLY.

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