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Thessaloniki, Greece: Tell your Sister City, Busan, South Korea, that you are opposed to 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.

Busan Mayor Park Heong-Joon

Busan became a Sister City to Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2010.

Ambassador Lee Jeong-Il had an interview with Thessaloniki Mayor Konstantinos Zervas on September 15, 2021. Ambassador Lee said that Busan and Thessaloniki signed a Sister City relationship in 2010, and they have a lot in common, such as hosting an international film festival every year and being the second largest cities. It was explained that Busan was selected as a national smart city pilot city and that it is making efforts to host the 2030 Busan World Expo. Mayor Jervas emphasized that interest in Korean dramas and movies is also growing in Thessaloniki and hoped to promote exchanges with Busan.

In Busan, there are countless 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.

Video: Watchdog is at Busan Gangseo-gu Daejeo massive scale illegal dog farm to shut it down. 9/17/2021
Photo: Cruelty during transport, Korean Animal Welfare Association (KAWA)

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Busan’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 hundreds of Health Centers and dog meat restaurants in Busan.

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 slaughterhouses must be present in the vicinity of Busan 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.

Photo: The Korea Observer. Documentary: The Dog Meat Professionals: South Korea.

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Documentary: Cruel Death of South Korea’s Dogs. Dogs Are Innocent.(한국 댕댕이 잔혹사: 개는 죄가 없다)

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“한 국가의 위대함과 도덕성은 그 나라의 동물들이 어떻게 대우받고 있는지를 보면 알 수 있다.” -마하트마 간디



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We are a group of volunteer campaigners who are opposed to dog and cat consumption in South Korea.