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 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 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.
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: 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 all of these outlets.
There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption, yet these laws are blatantly ignored.
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]; [email protected]; [email protected];
- Send message through Facebook pages:
Mayor Charlie Hales
- Send letter (Use the below-suggested message or petition):
Mayor Charlie Hales
City of Portland
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204
Send a copy of your letter to Ulsan Mayor Gi-Hyeon Kim:
Mayor Gi-Hyeon Kim
Ulsan Metropolitan City
201, Jungang-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan Postal Code 44675
Address in Korean:
(44675) 울산광역시 남구 중앙로 201 (신정동)
- Call Mayor’s office: (503) 823-4120
- Send a Twitter message!
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: https://youtu.be/_ZVQjgGb4RQ
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: https://www.change.org/p/mayor-charlie-hales-of-portland-tell-sister-city-ulsan-korea-that-we-re-opposed-to-torture-consumption-of-dogs-and-cats
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: https://koreandogs.org/ulsan-dog-slaughter/
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