Sister City Campaign – Cheongju, South Korea – Bellingham, Washington

[Update 4/8/2023] Bellingham Mayor’s office kindly responded to our campaign.

On 4/3/2023, Bellingham Mayor’s office stated, “Thank you for your email to Mayor Seth Fleetwood of Bellingham. Your concern for the welfare of animals in Cheongju has been noted.” We are grateful to the Bellingham Mayor’s office for the response and hope that Bellingham contacting Cheongju will help end Cheongju’s gruesome and unethical dog meat industry.

Campaign updated on 3/30/2023.

Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood: Tell your Sister City, Cheongju, South Korea, you oppose 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.

Cheongju became a Sister City to Bellingham, Washington, in 2008.

In Cheongju, there are numerous dog farms, 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 broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry and are subject to the same cruelty. 👉 Click HERE for a long list of illegal dog farms and slaughterhouses in Cheongju.

Video/photos: An illegal dog farm and dog slaughterhouse is operating, inflicting unimaginable suffering to the helpless dogs imprisoned in raised wire cages in frigid temperatures, forced to eat molded garbage while the Cheongju government turns a blind eye, 3/3/2022. CARE/Watchdog. 👉 Click HERE to donate to CARE/Watchdog.

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Cheongju’s dog meat demand.

Two searches on Naver (the most popular search engine in Korea) – 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” – resulted in dozens of Health Centers and dog meat restaurants in the vicinity of Cheongju.

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 Cheongju to supply these outlets.

There are laws in South Korea against selling dogs and cats for consumption, yet these laws are blatantly ignored.

Call for Action

Click HERE to see the previous campaign.

  1. Tracy Mosier
    Tracy MosierMarch 6,22

    Why on earth is this still a thing? Stop with this pretend “cultural “ bullshit. Enough.. for fuck sake

  2. Lilia Birleson
    Lilia BirlesonMarch 6,22

    This is MURDER. Innocent dogs and cats are being murdered for human consumption. It is evil. It is barbaric. It is illegal. We have to keep fighting to end the suffering of these poor defenseless Animals NOW.

  3. Dora Hardegger
    Dora HardeggerMarch 6,22

    Wir beschäftigen in unserer Firma generell keine Südkoreaner, weil die meisten (ausser Tierschützer) brutale Tiermörder sind, die mit unbeschreiblicher Grausamkeit Tiere zu Tode quälen, oder diese Grausamkeiten nicht verhindern. Zehntausende Europäer boykottieren alle Produkte aus Südkorea und als Touristen boykottieren wir Südkorea auch, solange Tiere zu Tode gequält werden, solange der fucking damn Trade und der Konsum von Hunde- und Katzenfleisch existiert in Ihren SHAME-country!

  4. sharon
    sharonMarch 6,22

    agree with Tracy

  5. Lesley Partridge
    Lesley PartridgeMarch 7,22

    I agree so very much that’s it is barbaric to eat dogs, or any animal for that mater, please make it illegal,

  6. Rosana Trevisan
    Rosana TrevisanMarch 9,22


  7. Anna Poggesi
    Anna PoggesiMarch 31,23

    E’ un crimine di gente pazza . Stop orrore e follia !!
    Governo da vergogna !!!!

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