Olympic-medal winning skier Gus Kenworthy is preparing for the 2022 Olympics. Last time he competed, not only he brought a medal, but he also brought something else – an announcement that he helped shut down a dog meat farm in South Korea.
In 2014, he competed in Sochi, Russia and he brought home the silver medal for the U.S. However, 4 years later he competed in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea and he brought something even more valuable.
The talented ski star, who switched allegiance from the U.S. to Great Britain, announced on his Instagram account that he and his boyfriend had helped shut down a dog meat farm in South Korea.
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This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visit to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea. Across the country there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. I was told that the dogs on this particular farm were kept in “good conditions” by comparison to other farms. The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into tiny wire-floored pens, and exposed to the freezing winter elements and scorching summer conditions. When it comes time to put one down it is done so in front of the other dogs by means of electrocution sometimes taking up to 20 agonizing minutes. Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home. Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade. Luckily, this particular farm (thanks to the hard work of the Humane Society International and the cooperation of a farmer who’s seen the error of his ways) is being permanently shut down and all 90 of the dogs here will be brought to the US and Canada where they’ll find their fur-ever homes. I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she’ll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she’s through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible! There are still millions of dogs here in need of help though (like the Great Pyrenees in the 2nd pic who was truly the sweetest dog ever). I’m hoping to use this visit as an opportunity to raise awareness to the inhumanity of the dog meat trade and the plight of dogs everywhere, including back home in the US where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes! Go to @hsiglobal’s page to see how you can help. #dogsarefriendsnotfood #adoptdontshop ❤️?
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Gus and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas had a tour on a dog meat farm and were disgusted by what they saw. There are over 2.5 million dogs that are raised for food in the country. Eating dogs is actually a part of Korean culture.
There are approximately 17,000 dog meat farms in South Korea. However, Humane Society International will permanently shut down the farm that Gus has visited. Although it’s only one farm, it’s a big step.
The pair also announced that 90 dogs from the dog meat farm will be sent to the United States and Canada to try to find “fur-ever homes.” Gus already adopted one of the dogs and planned to take her home.
Every year, millions of dogs are killed for their meat in South Korea. The Olympic silver medalist wants to raise awareness of all the dogs from these dog meat farms that need a new home.
We need more people like Gus and Matt. They are real heroes!