Sister City Campaign – Gangjin, South Korea – Snoqualmie, Washington

Campaign updated on 4/1/2023.

Snoqualmie Mayor Katherine Ross: Tell Sister City, Gangjin, 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.

Gangjin became a Sister city to Snoqualmie in 2010.

In Gangjin, 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 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.

Video: Dogs who suffered their entire lives are electric tortured and killed in cages—South Korea’s horrific dog meat industry. jtbc News.[추적보도 훅] 철창 갇힌 채 감전사…’먹히기 위해’ 죽어가는 개들 / JTBC 뉴스룸

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Gangjin’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 Gangjin.

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 Gangjin 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

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

“Meat dogs” in wire cages feed on rotten food waste slops while they wait to be slaughtered.

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

  1. Beth
    BethApril 29,17

    Write their FB page RIGHT NOW!

    This very second they’ve got this post at the top:

    City of Snoqualmie Government
    19 hrs ·

    Parents & Students Invited to a Meeting about a Summer Exchange to South Korea, May 9, 6:30 p.m., Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 SE River St. Nine Mount Si High School students will again have the opportunity to participate in educational summer adventures in South Korea! This annual student exchange program is sponsored by the Snoqualmie Sister Cities Association. Learn more:…/Bring2m…/DMX/Download.aspx…

    This is my comment below it. Please join me in warning these apparently clueless parents in Snoqualmie!!!

    “Dear Mayor Larson and the City Council members,
    As you might know, there is a culture of horrific cruelty (or at the very least callousness) toward animals in Asia. There are countless videos specifically documenting the pain and wretched misery suffered there by dogs and cats — animals just like our beloved pets in the West, but trapped in a nightmare of deliberate cruelty.

    Are the friendly, animal-loving citizens of Snoqualmie aware that South Korea cruelly hangs, beats, electrocutes, drowns, burns or boils to death MILLIONS of dogs and cats every year? Do you know that Korea’s popular annual BOKNAL Festival is coming up in July, dedicated to killing and eating many thousands of dogs in the mistaken, medieval belief that eating dog meat helps a person withstand summer’s high temperatures..?

    Informed citizens all over the world ask you to please watch the following videos depicting the realities of South Korea’s despicable dog meat industry:

    Do you want to send your children to a country that raises (and even steals), then slaughters beloved pets as sadistically as possible **because they believe pain and fear makes the animals’ meat more tasty and healthy?!?**

    Do you think that Snoqualmie should be a Sister City to any city or nation that allows dogs and cats to not only be eaten as food, but deliberately tortured to death?
    Do you want to do business with people who drown millions of cats to make a useless “health tonic”? In this case it’s not “snake oil”, this idiocy is known as “Cat Soju” — and there is also an equally deplorable and sadistically manufactured “Dog Soju”. Neither “product” does anything but produce pain and endless suffering for the innocent creatures trapped in this horrific industry.

    PLEASE urge Gangjin Mayor Jin-Won Kang to close down all of its 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:

    In short, how can beautiful Snoqualmie – home to eco-conscious, animal-loving citizens – join hands with these callous slaughterers of beloved pets?!?!

    This responsible consumer is boycotting everything Korean until these two-faced sadists finally prohibit this horrific industry and actually put a STOP to it.

    Case in point: S. Korea has made a few strides toward the 21st Century and implemented new animal welfare laws.
    But they carefully EXCEPT the sadistic and profitable dog and cat meat industry.
    ***What does that tell you?***

    I’m boycotting all things Korean, including their upcoming, precious-avaricious Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in 2018 — and I guess I won’t be visiting Snoqualmie now either, until compassion means more there than cold, cruelty-based cash.

    Caring and informed citizens thank you for NOT ignoring this horrific hypocrisy, for NOT sending your precious children to S. Korea and for NOT rewarding South Korea for its deliberate cruelty.”

  2. Perczak Ewa
    Perczak EwaApril 2,23

    Beth … I have left a comment on their FB , I took the liberty of repeating your comment which I find perfectly adequate.

  3. Urszula Lund
    Urszula LundApril 2,23

    HOW LONG will the WORLD watch unspeakable tortures inflicted on dogs and cats at South Korea’s dog-meat markets and do nothing about it. How can you talk about “peace” and “democracy” while shocking horrors are regularly committed on defenseless, loving and innocent animals in front of your eyes! Skinning dogs and cats alive, cooking them alive and other appalling tortures shall NOT BE SILENCED, but openly directed to the South-Korean President. We live in 2023 and this abomination must end!
    Those who twin with this City of Horrors have the obligation to scrutinize its shocking ways of animal abuse and TAKE ACTION!

  4. Helen Clark
    Helen ClarkApril 19,23

    We hope you choke on your own cruel ways.

  5. Kathy
    KathyApril 19,23

    Urszula – your comment is right on and pretty much represents the sentiments of all of us who abhor the dog and cat meat industry in South Korea, and beyond. The law makers, and those that uphold the law, in South Korea need to think occasionally of the suffering of which they spare themselves the sight! Total fucking bullshit…

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