Sister City Campaign – Daegu, South Korea – Atlanta, Georgia

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta: Tell Sister City, Daegu, South Korea, That We’re Opposed to the Torture and Consumption of Dogs and Cats.

Daegu Mayor Young-Jin Kwon

Daegu Mayor Young-Jin Kwon

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.

Daegu became Sister city with Atlanta on November 10, 1981.
In Daegu, 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 subjected to the same cruelty. If you have ever wondered what a hell would be like, click HERE to see photos from the Daegu Chilseong Dog Meat Market or click HERE to see undercover video from Daegu dog farms/slaughterhouses.

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Daegu’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: 527 Health Food Shops; and 87 dog meat restaurants in the vicinity of Daegu. Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Shops and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, just imagine how many dog/cat slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Daegu in order to supply all of these outlets.

Daegu, South Korea's Dog Meat Industry

Daegu, South Korea's Dog Meat Industry

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

South Korean Dog Meat Industry – Brutal killing in Daegu

Video: Media Triage: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea.

Call for Action

    • Send letter (Use below suggested message or petition):
      Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
      Office of Communications
      55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500
      Atlanta, Georgia 30303 USA

      Mayor’s Office of International Affairs
      Georgia Pacific Building
      133 Peachtree Street NE
      Suite 2900
      Atlanta, Georgia 30303 USA

      Send a copy of your letter to Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-Jin:
      Mayor Kwon Young-Jin
      Daegu Metropolitan Government
      88 Gongpyeong-ro(Dongindong 1-ga), Jung-gu, Daegu, Gyeongsangbukdo-do, Postal Code 41911
      South Korea

      Address in Korean:
      권영진 시장님
      (41911) 대구광역시 중구 공평로 88
      South Korea

    • Call the Mayor’s Office: Phone: 404-330-6100

      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, Daegu in South Korea.

      If I could explain: dog-meat consumption is currently being practiced in that city, regardless of the fact that 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 they 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 Daegu to urge them to enforce their own laws, not ignore them, and to show compassion to their companion animals, and also respect to their own citizens, by bringing these trades to an end. 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

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