Sister City Campaign – Siheung, South Korea – Rochester, Minnesota

Mayor Ardell F. Brede of Rochester: Tell Sister City, Siheung, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Siheung Mayor Im Byung-Taek

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.

Siheung became Sister city with Rochester in 2006.

Siheung is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. 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 Siheung’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 412 Health Food Centers; and 205 restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Siheung 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 Siheung to supply these outlets.

Sister City Campaign - Siheung, South Korea - Rochester, Minnesota

Sister City Campaign - Siheung, South Korea - Rochester, Minnesota

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.


The citizens of Siheung apparently think that their “garden city” is the “gate of Asia connected to the world”. A lovely concept, but one that falls short of the image that many people in the rest of the world will hold of Siheung once they are aware of the stark fact that Siheung also harbours a brutal and thriving dog-meat trade.

With around 205 dog-meat restaurants in the vicinity of this city, hundreds of thousands of dogs are being bred and kept in filthy, inhumane conditions, before being subjected to cruel and sadistic methods of slaughter, in order to supply these outlets and to satisfy the appetites of those living in their “comfortable residential districts”.

Siheung “the center of international business”, and one that “will transform itself into a high-tech, culture, leisure and tourist city” …

Back to the drawing board, Siheung: international business people and tourists will not be impressed by these slogans or your brutal dog-meat trades. So, end these trades now, Siheung, and then you will become the tourist attraction you aspire to be.

Please sign petition, call and email Rochester Mayor Ardell F. Brede 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]; [email protected];

    Click HERE to send an online message to Mayor Brede.

  • Send message through Facebook pages:
    City of Rochester, MN
  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Ardell F. Brede
    City of Rochester Mayor
    Room 281, City Hall
    201 4th St SE
    Rochester, MN 55904

    Send a copy of your letter to Siheung Mayor Im Byung-Taek :
    Mayor Im Byung-Taek
    City of Siheung
    20 Sicheong-ro, Siheung, Gyeonggi-do
    Postal Code 14998
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    임병택 시흥시장님
    (우)14998 경기도 시흥시 시청로 20 (장현동 300)
    South Korea

  • Call the Mayor Ardell F. Brede’s office: 507-328-2700 Fax: 507-328-2901
  • Send a Twitter message!
    .@siheung .@npil2580 .@yesKP .@rochesterminn Mayor Brede, Plz urge Sister City Siheung-Stop Killing/Eating Dogs/Cats

Suggested message to the Rochester Mayor Ardell F. Brede

Dear Mayor Ardell F. Brede and the members of the City Council,

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

Siheung is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 412 Health Food Centers which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 205 dog meat soup restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Siheung alone.

Do you think that Rochester should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Siheung Mayor Im Byung-Taek 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]

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