Tongyeong, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

Tongyeong Mayor Kang Seok-Ju

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.

In Tongyeong, 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 broad daylight. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry, and are subjected to the same cruelty.

Video: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea

Video: A dog butcher in Tongyeong bludgeoning dogs to death in front of other terrified dogs.

Video: South Korea’s horrific dog slaughter. Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE)

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Tongyeong’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 Shops” 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: 83 Health Food Shops; and 40 dog meat restaurants in the vicinity of Tongyeong.

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 Tongyeong in order 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.

Call for Action

  • 👉 Click HERE to file petition with the South Korean government through e-People online. (You can use our “Suggested message” below or your own words.)
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  • Send emails to the Tongyeong City Council members:
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  • Send letters:
    Mayor Kang Seok-Ju
    City of Tongyeong
    515 Tongyeonghaean-ro, Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Postal Code 53040
    South Korea

    Mayor’s address in Korean:
    강석주 통영 시장님
    (53040) 경상남도 통영시 통영해안로 515
    South Korea

    Tongyeong City Council
    515 Tongyeonghaean-ro, Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do
    Postal Code 53040
    South Korea

    Tongyeong City Council’s address in Korean:
    (53040) 경상남도 통영시 통영해안로 515
    South Korea

  • Send a message through Facebook pages:
    Tongyeong Mayor
    Tongyeong City Council member Bae Yoon-Ju
    Gyeongsangnam-do Government
    Gyeongsangnam-do Governor Kim Kyoung-Soo
    Gyeongsangnam-do Provincial Council
    Gyeongsangnam-do Provincial Council Chairwoman

    🇰🇷Click HERE for the Korean translation of the suggested message which you can then add to your letter.🇰🇷

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    Subject: Tongyeong, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

    Petition: Tongyeong, South Korea, Shut down the illegal dog meat farms, slaughterhouses and markets.

    Dear Mayor Kang Seok-Ju and the Tongyeong City Council members,

    Please watch this documentary, “The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea”

    We ask you to take immediate action to crack down on the illegal dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets and restaurants that serve dog meat in your city. We request that an official document be issued, mandating that the following existing Korean laws be enforced by its government officials, police and judges:

    Unauthorized processing of food waste fed to dogs in the meat trade is a violation of the Wastes Control Act, Article 15-2, Article 25, Section 3. Suppliers of food waste and transporters of food waste to dog meat farms are violating this regulation.

    Food waste fed to dogs in the dog meat trade is a violation of the Control of Livestock and Fish Feed Act, Article 14, Section 1 & 2. Unauthorized collection of food waste and the act of feeding it to dogs in the meat trade is in violation of this regulation.

    Excrement and resulting environmental damage produced as a by-product of the illegal dog meat farm is a violation of the Act on the Management and Use of Livestock Excreta Article 11. The excrement produced at dog meat farms causes environmental damage to the immediate and surrounding area.

    The act of the slaughtering of dogs for human consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act Article 8, Section 1, Clause 4. The act of the slaughtering of a dog, without justifiable ground – such as out of necessity for veterinary treatment, or in circumstances of immediate threat, harm or damage to human life or property, is a violation.

    The slaughter of dogs by electrocution is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 8, Section 1, Clause 1. Inflicting injury or death to any animal by the following means: battery by tools, exposure to drugs, exposure to extreme heat or fire, electrocution and drowning is subject to legal punishment. Therefore, the routine slaughter of dogs by butchers and farmers by these methods is in violation of the Act. Further, electrocution as a method of slaughter is internationally recognized as an inherently cruel method of slaughter and banned globally.

    The slaughter of dogs from an unauthorized slaughterhouse is a violation of Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, Article 7 Section 1. The Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, states that dogs are officially recognized and classified as “animals” that are “prohibited from being slaughtered and distributed as food for human consumption”. Therefore, those vendors operating dog slaughterhouses are operating outside of the parameters of the law and in violation of the law.

    The slaughter of dogs for his/her own consumption is a violation of the Animal Protection Act, Article 10. The intent of the Act is to ensure that no animal is slaughtered in a cruel or revolting manner, and shall be free from unnecessary pain, fear, or stress during the process of slaughter. Therefore, the only humane way of slaughtering dogs would be by euthanasia (lethal injection). All currently practiced methods of slaughter by butchers, farmers and traders excludes euthanasia as a method of slaughter, therefore they are all in breach of this Act. This is also a violation of the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act Article 7 Section 1 Clause 2. According to the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act, the slaughter of animals for his/her own consumption is allowed only for the livestock animals that are publicly announced as classification of livestock in the Livestock Products Sanitary Control Act and dogs are not classified here.

    The display and sale of dog carcasses in traditional outdoor markets is a violation of the Food Sanitation Act, Article 4, 5. Violation of laws banning the sale of harmful food due to the contamination from unsanitary and illegal slaughter of the animal and display of the dog carcass. For example, dog carcasses are routinely contaminated by microorganisms that cause human diseases and food poisoning; this can lead to serious and life threatening health complications. There are also strict laws that ban the sale of meat from sick animals, due to the fact that there is no quality control or formal monitoring of slaughter practices in the dog meat trade it is very likely that violation of these laws is happening routinely.

    Dog meat restaurants’ sale of dog meat soup made with dog carcasses from an unknown source is a violation of Food Sanitation Act Article 44 Section 1 Clause 1. Uninspected livestock products must not be transported, stored, displayed, sold or used for manufacturing or processing of food for human consumption.

    Please refer to the legal information regarding the dog meat consumption in South Korea published by KARA (Korea Animal Rights Advocates):

    The United States House of Representatives has formally passed H.Res. 401, “Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry and urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade.” (

    International coverage of the brutal dog and cat meat trade in South Korea has stained your city’s image. The time to end this tragedy is now. The favor of your reply is requested.

    [Your Name & City/Country]

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  1. Christine Sanderson
    Christine SandersonOctober 26,18

    some of these are stolen pets End this barbaric cruelty towards pitiful helpless dogs and they are not food they are pets

  2. Jacqui
    JacquiOctober 30,18

    STOP this evil barbaric abuse and slaughter of dogs and cats!!! Find other methods to sustain your nation. To butcher and torture dogs and cats are the most revolting treatment you display to the rest of the world. EDUCATE your nation.

  3. Michaela Treffil
    Michaela TreffilNovember 14,18

    Go vegan!

  4. s cobb
    s cobbNovember 15,18

    Please stop this cruelty to all beautiful creatures and shut down slaughterhouses. They are pets not food

  5. Jennelle W
    Jennelle WAugust 4,19

    I do not understand cruel people. How can someone do what this man is doing to this poor, helpless, defenseless dog. I would not blame animals one bit if they turned against humans and those who do them wrong, well, they would take action against these inhumane people. Nobody, not even animals deserve to be treated in this barbaric manner. I don’t know how this piece of s— can sleep at night! It would be justice if he had nightmares of every dog that he’s brutalized!!!
    I can only hope that this man is stopped and every dog is taken away or gets away from this evil man. Karma will get him and teach him a lesson!

  6. Eric Martin
    Eric MartinAugust 23,19

    South Koreans have a similarity to our ancestors the human primeval savages, who would kill & eat dogs, cats & most everything else that moved. That along with the absurd notion that the more the animal suffer the better the taste or benefit, is completely out of step with the civilised word of the 21st Century. One can only conclude that South Koreans are basically Uncivilised Savages who have no place in today’s civilised world.

  7. Lesley Rae
    Lesley RaeJuly 29,20

    Why In this century is this still being allowed to continue, dogs and cats are Pets they are sentient creatures like all animals. South Korea you are disgusting , vile and inhumane.

  8. Jim Taylor
    Jim TaylorJuly 29,20

    It is long overdue for this backward thinking country continuing to ignore this horrible issue of murdering dogs and cats for meat and this is a strong case of further disease and in all probability in a world scale because of your law

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