Olympic Skier Helps Shut Down Dog Farm In South Korea And Is Bringing Puppies Home

On February 23rd, Gus Kenworthy posted the following picture on Instagram with the caption that contains this excerpt: “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.”

We couldn’t be more thankful, grateful, and proud of Gus Kenworthy for all that he has done. Not only is he an incredible Olympian, but he’s an amazing animal lover with a heart of gold. We definitely need more people like him in the world.

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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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Thank you, Gus!

 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I know this is natural for Koreans but I’m proud of you for bringing them home. I noticed a huskey I have a male and looking for a mate. I would like one or a German shepherd if possible. I have rescued over100 dogs on my own, trained to be in-house. I fell in love with them all but I kept 3 dogs. One is 16 yrs now one 6-8 yrs and baby huskey 1yr and 3 months. They are family this is my mission to help as many dogs as I’m able to. Please get in touch with me . Thank you for being a good and humble man to care for these dogs o.

  2. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You did a wonderful thing to rescue all these dogs from a unbearable brutal death
    Thank you thank you thank you

    Lynda
    Centennial CO

  3. As always, a very inciteful and thought worthy post. Love Kenworthy and his positions on queer representation but what this highlights rather well is how we often miss the boat when it comes to understanding others.

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