Sister City Campaign — Gyeongju, South Korea — Pompeii, Italy
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Pompeii, Italy: Tell Sister City, Gyeongju, South Korea, that 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.

Gyeongju Mayor Joo Nak-Young

Gyeongju became a Sister City to Pompeii, Italy, in 1985. We initially launched this Sister City campaign in 2016. The Special Commissioner of Pompeii, Dr. Donato Cafagna, kindly responded to our petition and contacted Gyeongju, urging them to stop the cruelty of the dog meat industry.

However, Gyeongju has done nothing to stop this horrific cruelty and the industry. Therefore, we are again launching this campaign to urge the new mayor of Pompeii to take action and urge Gyeongju to stop the dog meat industry.

The Gyeongju city delegation headed by Gyeongju Mayor Baek Sang-Seung made an official visit to Pompeii, Italy, a sister city, on 3/9/2007.

In Gyeongju, there are numerous dog farms, slaughterhouses, markets, and dog meat 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 killed in full view of other terrified, caged dogs; and this takes place in broad daylight. In Angang Dog Meat Market in Gyeongju, live dogs are displayed in cages, slaughtered, and their body dismembered right on the spot for heartless customers. In addition, many abandoned and stolen former pets end up in this industry and are subject to the same cruelty.

Video: Gyeongju Angang Market, South Korea. Jang Seung-Yeon.
Dog meat markets with onsite slaughter facilities still remaining in South Korea are Daegu Chilseong Market and Gyeongju Angang Market. Gyeonghyang News, 7/4/19. (도축시설 있는 개 시장, 이제 ‘대구 칠성’ ‘경주 안강’ 남았다)

A Search Engine reveals the sickening scale of Gyeongju’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 the vicinity of Gyeongju.

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 present in the vicinity of Gyeongju to supply these outlets.

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

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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



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