Sister City Campaign – Ulsan, South Korea – Portland, Oregon

Mayor Charlie Hales of Portland: Tell Sister City, Ulsan, 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.

Ulsan Mayor Gi-Hyeon Kim

Ulsan Mayor Gi-Hyeon Kim

Ulsan became Sister city with Portland in 1987.

Ulsan is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. If you have ever wondered what hell would be like, just visit dog slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants scattered all throughout Ulsan. 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.

[Busan KAPCA] We need your support for the press conference urging appeal of Sangae-dong Dog Meat Market cruel slaughter case

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Ulsan’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 200 Health Food Centers; and 86 restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Ulsan 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 farms and slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Ulsan to supply these outlets.

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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.

Ulsan Dog Meat Market illegal dog slaughter… Knife stuck in throat, gasping in agony

Please sign petition, call and email Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, TODAY!

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

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Suggested message to the Mayor of Portland

Dear Mayor Charlie Hales and the City Council members:

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

Ulsan is one of the largest dog meat consumption areas in South Korea. The Korean internet searches resulted in: 200 Health Food Centers which commonly sell dog/cat elixirs (also known as dog soju and cat soju); and 86 dog meat soup restaurants in the vicinity of the city of Ulsan alone.

Portland should not be a Sister city to any city that allows dogs and cats to be tortured and eaten. Please urge Ulsan Mayor Gi-Hyeon Kim 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:

We would like to also alert you to a recent case, involving one of the many dog slaughterhouses in Ulsan, which perfectly illustrates the horrific brutality of this industry to the millions of helpless companion animals in South Korea every year. This industry is unregulated, unsanitary and illegal, it can be by no means compared to the domestic farming industry which has at least minimum legislated standards for animal welfare. We urge you to find out more about this incident in your sister city here:
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 Portland!

  1. Jada McKenzie
    Jada McKenzieJune 26,16

    I have sent the emails with the message you provided as well as a personal message too. I have Facebooked a message to the Mayor and I have copied the number to call this week. I also have the address to send a copy of the letter to Mayor Gi-Hyeon Kim. Thank you.

    • marguerite white
      marguerite whiteJuly 5,16

      Over the years I have signed many many petitions on the subject from these eastern countries who seem to have no care of these poor animals suffering,ever since that first time I saw on tv about 1998 when one of our sportsman was in China and went down a wrong turning and discovered these slaughter houses and dogs and cats for sale in cages outside.I think it was when China wanted to hold the Olympics there,he brought back to England this horror of what is happening.It shows that some countries can hide what is happening if they want foreigners not to see.I hate the thought of these poor innocent animals being bred for meals for the insane public out there.Thank God that most Chinese and eatern countries have joined the fight to save the animals.Hopefully when the barbaric ones die and the butchers die that the ones after that will appreciate animals not for food,there are many animals stolen for the barbaric trade.Its heartbreaking.If their was a God who cared he would wipe the evil ones from the earth like Sodom and Gomorrah.But i think if their is a God we have to act for the good of others for him,like he is not intervening.I wish I could make all animals life better and stop a lot of crap happening to them and Children and other vulnerable humans.

  2. Paula Santos
    Paula SantosJune 26,16


  3. Edel Åse sørlie
    Edel Åse sørlieJune 27,16

    Please stop this cruel tortour????

    JOANNAJune 29,16

    stop torturom,to wstyd dla Chin co robią z tymi biednymi zwierzętami.STOP YULIN FOREVER THEY WILL NEVER SILENCE US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Laura Berben
    Laura BerbenJune 29,16

    The hideous butchers responsible for these atrocious acts should be put behind bars! If Koreans believe that a tortured dog is “healthy” to eat, maybe it is even more healthy to torture and eat the humans committing those brutal acts of violence! WHY NOT! Apparently, Koreans WILL EAT ANYTHING!

  6. John Burridge
    John BurridgeJune 29,16

    I cannot believe that I was drafted into the US Army and put in harm’s way to ‘save’ such a despicable country.

    • justan acre
      justan acreJuly 10,16

      i understand completely. Agree. Have screamed the very same thing. There has to be some good people there but i am really having a hard time reading stories about them. thank’s for your post

  7. Hollie Hollon
    Hollie HollonJune 29,16

    These horrifically cruel,vile,appalling and disgusting stories of the slaughter of innocent animals makes me sick and mad as hell. This insanity must stop and stop now and we must all take a stand to make that happen. Boycott these countries, make them enforce the laws and stop these monsters who are doing this to living breathing innocent animals. It is one thing to have to eat something BUT HOW you slaughter these animals in the most cruel,painful way is just deplorable and it must stop!!! We all will be held accountable for what we have done in our life on this planet and these monsters who are involved in these slaughters better get prepared.

  8. Elinor Hawke-Szady
    Elinor Hawke-SzadyJune 30,16

    I’ve signed many, many petitions against the dog meat trade in Korea, China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia to name just the top five. It’s hard, but I go out of my way NOT to buy products from these countries, or eat their food any longer. Will I ever buy a |Hyundai car? Hell NO!

  9. Melissa
    MelissaJune 30,16

    No hear for the defenseless. Is barbaric, and beyond cruel and disgusting. It’s ip to their government to get it together. Do you want your country to be known as cat and dog killers, and to top it off, you eat them. That is gross!!!there are other thing to eat besides killing dogs and cats. There are fruits, vegetables, a vegan diet. No animal by products. Leave the animals alone.

  10. Julia
    JuliaJune 30,16

    I have sent the emails with the message you provided

  11. Pam turner
    Pam turnerJune 30,16

    These people are not human, just wicked, barbaric pieces of living skin .

  12. bonnie
    bonnieJune 30,16

    i send them all a email , just a short message not the letter.
    i did that the last time that there was a action of this.
    not sure if they read but if ther email box is so full of messages about this subject,thats fine by me
    so they know everyone is against this hell!

  13. ana antunes
    ana antunesJune 30,16

    Stop this atrocity, animals suffer like people

  14. Stacey Govito
    Stacey GovitoJuly 1,16

    I got a response back. One of the council members says that while she is ‘compassionate’, she sees no reason to end relations. Her reasoning is over paid sick leave.

  15. Carole Fraser
    Carole FraserJuly 1,16

    Stop these bloody atrocities you are not human you are brutal evil vile cruel Demond’s not fit to be part of this earth cruel evil vil sum.all signed .

  16. anthony
    anthonyJuly 1,16

    disgusting behaviour…this is mans best friend. be humane lift your game. love animals, don’t eat them.

  17. ana antunes
    ana antunesJuly 11,16

    What a cruelty, we should stop this, and together we can

  18. Linda
    LindaSeptember 14,16

    Shelly you are right on sista! Those disgusting sub humans deserve the same treatment but to be carried out over a looong period of time. Where is the law in this country>

  19. Marguerite White
    Marguerite WhiteSeptember 19,16

    I did get a reply myself and the minister was quite astonished and said she will do all she can to get Korean minister to change laws.

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