Update on Friendship City Campaign — Seoul, South Korea — London, UK — Liberal Democrat Group in the London Assembly responds.
In response to our campaign, Friendship City Campaign — Seoul, South Korea — London, UK, London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon kindly wrote to us on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Group in the London Assembly. In her letter, Assemblymember Pidgeon expressed the Liberal Democrat Group’s support for our campaign and stated that “I fully agree that these barbaric practices need to be eliminated and I will be submitting a further written question to the Mayor of London next month in support of your calls, urging him to, once again, make representations on your behalf to Seoul’s Mayor on this matter.”
Ms. Pidgeon also took action to address our petition to the London Mayor back in 2017 when we first launched this campaign and shared the response from the Mayor’s office with us.
👉 Click HERE for the campaign page.
We appreciate Assemblymember Pidgeon and the Liberal Democrat Group on the London Assembly for caring about this issue and taking action to speak out against the brutal treatment of countless dogs in Seoul’s dog meat industry. We hope that more members of the London Assembly will join the Liberal Democrat Group and help send a clear message to Seoul and the South Korean government that the barbaric and cruel dog meat industry has no place in the modern world and that they must put an end to this industry if they want to benefit from partnerships with cities in other countries.
🙏📝 Please send a thank you note to Assemblymember Pidgeon and the Liberal Democrat Group in the London Assembly! 🐱
Letter from Assemblymember Caroline Pidgeon:
Thank you for raising this important issue. Please treat this email as a joint response on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Group on the London Assembly.
The images showing the horrors of the dog meat trade in South Korea, including the horrific treatment of dogs, are incredibly difficult to watch, and I agree with you that these practices are inhumane and must come to an end.
In August 2017 I tabled a written question to the Mayor of London regarding the cruel cat and dog meat trade in South Korea. Please find reference to my question and the Mayor’s response here: https://www.london.gov.uk/questions/2017/3096
I fully agree that these barbaric practices need to be eliminated and I will be submitting a further written question to the Mayor of London next month in support of your calls, urging him to, once again, make representations on your behalf to Seoul’s Mayor on this matter.
If you are a UK citizen, you may also wish to consider writing to your MP to urge them to submit parliamentary questions and make representations to the Foreign Office. You can find out who your MP is by entering your postcode on this website: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP
Thank you again for highlighting this important issue.
Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM
Liberal Democrat Assembly Member
Deputy Chair of Transport Committee
City Hall, Kamal Chunchie Way, London, E16 1ZE
We forwarded the Korean translation of Assemblymember Pidgeon’s email to the Seoul Metropolitan Council and South Korean government members as below:
이 중요한 문제를 제기해주셔서 감사합니다. 이 이메일은 런던 의회의 자유민주당을 대표하는 공동 응답입니다.
개에 대한 가혹한 대우를 포함하여 한국의 개고기 식용산업의 참상을 보여주는 이미지는 차마 보기가 매우 힘들었습니다. 이러한 관행은 비인간적이며 반드시 사라져야 한다는 데 저희는 동의합니다.
2017년 8월에 저는 한국의 잔인한 고양이 및 개 식용 산업에 관해 런던 시장에게 서면 질문을 했습니다. 저의 질문과 시장의 답변은 여기에서 참조하십시오: https://www.london.gov.uk/questions/2017/3096
저는 이러한 야만적인 관행이 종식되어야 한다는 데 전적으로 동의하며, 다음 달에 귀하의 요청을 뒷받침하기 위해 런던 시장에게 추가 서면 질문을 제출할 것입니다.
영국 시민인 분들은 의원에게 편지를 써서 의회 질문을 제출하고 외무부에 대변하도록 촉구하는 것도 고려할 수 있습니다. 이 웹사이트에 우편번호를 입력하면 국회의원이 누구인지 알 수 있습니다: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP
이 중요한 문제를 강조해 주셔서 다시 한 번 감사드립니다.
What You Can Do: https://koreandogs.org/what-you-can-do/
Call for Action: https://koreandogs.org/what-you-can-do/call-for-action/
Documentary: Cruel Death of South Korea’s Dogs. Dogs Are Innocent.(한국 댕댕이 잔혹사: 개는 죄가 없다) https://koreandogs.org/documentary-koreas-dog-cruelty/
“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