Sister City Campaign – Gongju, South Korea – Berkeley, California

Campaign updated on 3/28/2023.

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin: Tell your Sister City, Gongju, 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.

Gongju became a Sister City to Berkeley, California, in 2019.

In Gongju, 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.

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

Even if half of these ‘Health’ Food Centers and restaurants serve dog and cat ‘ingredients’ in one form or another, imagine how many dog/cat farms and slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Gongju to supply these outlets.

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

Animals in South Korea’s dog meat industry are forced to endure unimaginable pain their entire lives. Watchdog

Call for Action

A dog farm in Gongju, South Korea. Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA)
  1. regina schneider gaskin
    regina schneider gaskinFebruary 17,22


  2. Anu Sipiläinen
    Anu SipiläinenFebruary 17,22

    Lopettakaa HETI lemmikkien syönti ! Olette hirviöitä!

  3. Darla Grove
    Darla GroveFebruary 17,22

    Something must be done! Please!

  4. Rosana Trevisan
    Rosana TrevisanFebruary 17,22


  5. Susan Lanzaro-Schroeder
    Susan Lanzaro-SchroederFebruary 20,22

    Once I loved your Country. But I found out that you LOVE TO TORTURE precious dogs and man’s best friend. Till my LAST BREATH I will fight you and BOYCOTT your country for the sick and twisted LIVE dog boiling, LIVE dog blowtorching Nation of South Korea.

  6. Karen Lyons kalmenson
    Karen Lyons kalmensonFebruary 21,22

    Friends not food

  7. Sher
    SherJune 27,22

    Stop these sadists! Vile, demonic animal torture!!!!

  8. Urszula Lund
    Urszula LundMarch 28,23

    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!


    stop animal abuse

  10. Pascale FORT
    Pascale FORTMarch 29,23


  11. Anne
    AnneMarch 30,23

    loppu lemmikkieläinten kituutus, murhaaminen ja syönti. häpeä . sadisteja

  12. Sue
    SueApril 2,23


  13. Jackee Devine
    Jackee DevineApril 17,23

    We cant have Peace in the World with such abuse.

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