The President of Italy, Honorable Sergio Mattarella: Please tell your Partnership Country, South Korea, that you oppose the torture and consumption of dogs and cats.
3 min readNov 27, 2023

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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.

The Korea JoongAng Daily reported on November 8, 2023, that “President Yoon Suk Yeol and Italian President Sergio Mattarella agreed to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in fields including advanced technologies, artificial intelligence, hydrogen and space Wednesday… Yoon and Mattarella sat for bilateral talks, attended a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signing ceremony, and took part in a joint press briefing…. Korea’s Institute for Basic Science and Italy’s National Institute of Nuclear Physics also signed an MOU to expand joint research in basic science.”

Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol
President Yoon Suk-yeol and Italian President Sergio Mattarella at their bilateral summit at the Yongsan presidential office in Seoul, 11/8/2023.
IBS Extends MOU with Italy’s National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), 11/8/2023.

In South Korea, 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.

Video: South Korea’s shocking cruelty of dog meat industry. Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE).
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 South Korea’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 thousands of Health Centers and dog meat restaurants in South Korea.

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 South Korea 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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“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.