Gus Kenworthy is a freestyle skier who rides for the United States and is a two-time Olympian, bringing home the silver medal in 2014 from Sochi, Russia.
But skiing isn’t the only thing he is known for. Kenworthy is a huge animal lover, and recently, he and his boyfriend, Matt, helped shut down one of South Korea’s many dog meat farms a day after he competed in the Winter Olympics there.
Kenworthy and Matt visited one of the 17,000 dog farms there and sadly witnessed first-hand how poorly these dogs were being treated.
The dogs were malnourished and physically abused, and forced to live in small wire-floored pens, where they were exposed to the elements.
“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,” Kenworthy explained on Instagram. “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.”
Thanks to these two men, along with the Humane Society International, this particular dog farm will be permanently shut down and the 90 neglected dogs will now be going back to the United States and Canada, where they will be put up for adoption to find loving forever homes.
“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 U.S. where millions of dogs are in need of loving homes!” Kenworthy wrote.
Kenworthy even adopted two of the dogs himself and decided to name them Beemo and Birdie. Sadly, Beemo passed away soon after but Birdie will be celebrating her second birthday in February.
Source: I Love My Dog