Sister City Campaign – Suwon, South Korea – Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Mayor Jenny Hill of Townsville, Australia: Tell Sister City, Suwon, 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.

Suwon became Sister city with Townsville in 1997.

In Suwon, there are countless dog farms, 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 subject to the same cruelty.


A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Suwon’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 244 Health Food Shops and 91 restaurants in the vicinity of Suwon.

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 Suwon to supply these outlets.

Suwon, South Korea

Suwon, 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:
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  • Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):Mayor’s Office
    City of Townsville
    PO Box 1268
    Townsville QLD 4810

    Send a copy of your letter to Suwon Mayor Tae-Young Yeom:
    Mayor Tae-Young Yeom
    Suwon City Hall
    241 Hyowon-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do
    Postal Code 16490
    South Korea

    Address in Korean:
    염태영 수원시장님
    (우편번호:16490) 경기도 수원시 팔달구 효원로 241
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook page:
    Mayor Jenny Hill
    Suwon Mayor

    Suggested email/letter/Facebook message

    Dear Mayor Hill and the City Council members,

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

    Do you think that Townsville should be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten? Please urge Suwon Mayor Tae-Young Yeom 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: 1300 878 001
    Fax: 07 4727 9050

    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, Suwon 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 Suwon to urge them to enforce their laws, not ignore them, show compassion to their companion animals, and respect their 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

    .@suwonloves .@suwonmayor .@TCC_News .@crjennyhill Plz Urge Sister City Suwon, Korea-Stop torturing&eating dogs/cats

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

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