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Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who competed for the U.S. in slopestyle skiing during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, might not have won a medal, but he is not leaving Korea empty-handed. After his competition, Kenworthy and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas decided to visit a Korean dog meat farm – and seize the opportunity to raise awareness for the dog meat trade and inspire others to help dogs in need. The meaningful visit also resulted in a new little member of their household!

The Olympian documented the “heart-wrenching visit” on Instagram, emphasizing that there are around 17,000 dog farms in South Korea and 2.5 million dogs are being raised for food “in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable” across the country.

 

Kenworthy noted that eating dog meat may be considered part of Korean culture, but the way in which the animals kept on meat farms are treated is “completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty.”

 “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,” Kenworthy wrote.”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… Some of them were even pets at one time and were stolen or found and sold into the dog meat trade.

Thankfully, the farm visited by Kenworthy and Wilkas is now being permanently shut down – thanks to Humane Society International and the cooperation of the farmer. All of the 90 dogs kept on the farm will be brought to the U.S. and Canada, where they will finally have a chance to be loved.

Kenworthy adopted one of the rescued puppies, Beemo, who will come to the U.S. to live with him as soon as she is done with her vaccinations. “I cannot wait to give her the best life possible!” he said.

 

Little Beemo and the other dogs rescued from the facility have nothing to fear anymore – but, as the Olympian stressed, there are still millions of dogs in need of help in Korea. “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!” he wrote.

This is not the first time Kenworthy made an effort to help dogs while traveling for the Olympic Games. In 2014, he brought back home two stray pups he found near the Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia. It is incredible to see this sportsman go out of his way during such a huge event and do a bit of good for the animals who need it so much – and use his platform to encourage it even more!

All image source: Gus Kenworthy/Instagram

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10 comments on “Big-Hearted Olympian Saves 90 Dogs From Deplorable Dog Meat Farm (PHOTOS)”

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Ruth Eisenbud
6 Months Ago


Cruelty in the name of culture is still cruelty. The unimaginable cruelty io brutally killing an animal who has been nothing more than a friend throughout history cannot be justified by cultural relativism.

If Korea wants to be a part of the civilized world, it must take lessons from Gandhi & India:

"The greatness of a nation and the progress of its moral development can be measured by how it treats its animals" Gandhi

In India cows are considered sacred by the Hindu religion... which accounts for the large number of vegetarians.

But the dog is also treated with the respect and compassion that this companionable animal deserves. In India it is against the law to kill a dog for any reason. Dog slaughter for their flesh is against the law. All the criminals in korea who kill dogs with vicious abandon, would be considered to be the criminals that they are.

India is a great nation.

As for your admonition that those who have compassion for a wonderful animal \'just shut-up\'. your rudeness is second in ignorance only to your lack of compassion. We will not be silenced until every last dog is removed from the snares of a primitive cultural belief about the healing properties of dog meat.

"He who would hang his dog, gives out first that he is mad". British Proverb


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Ruth Eisenbud
27 Feb 2018

Lou,
Ruth Eisenbud
27 Feb 2018

Cruelty in the name of culture is still cruelty. The unimaginable cruelty io brutally killing an animal who has been nothing more than a friend throughout history cannot be justified by cultural relativism.

If Korea wants to be a part of the civilized world, it must take lessons from Gandhi & India:

"The greatness of a nation and the progress of its moral development can be measured by how it treats its animals" Gandhi

In India cows are considered sacred by the Hindu religion... which accounts for the large number of vegetarians.

But the dog is also treated with the respect and compassion that this companionable animal deserves. In India it is against the law to kill a dog for any reason. Dog slaughter for their flesh is against the law. All the criminals in korea who kill dogs with vicious abandon, would be considered to be the criminals that they are.

India is a great nation.

As for your admonition that those who have compassion for a wonderful animal \'just shut-up\'. your rudeness is second in ignorance only to your lack of compassion. We will not be silenced until every last dog is removed from the snares of a primitive cultural belief about the healing properties of dog meat.

"He who would hang his dog, gives out first that he is mad". British Proverb

Lou Cipher
6 Months Ago

You are in their country and disrespected the culture. How would you feel if an athlete from India went to a cattle ranch and did the same? Just shut up and ski. Keep your political musings to yourself and maybe next time you won\'t finish twelfth.


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zenyph
6 Months Ago

Thank you for being a savior to these animals. You are more a winner to me!


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Kate
6 Months Ago

I would no more eat a dog than I would a cow or pig or any other animal. I like my animals and no animal should ever suffer for the purposes of people.


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Bett
6 Months Ago

I applaud this man and his bravery. It took a lot of guts to do what he did. He is helping to shine a bright light on this barbaric practice. However, I hope to god that these dogs are not being turned over to Humane Society International. Humane Society International is related to HSUS. HSUS has been caught many times in the past, dumping those animals that they claimed to rescue on high kill "shelters" including those "shelters" who gas animals. Once they got all the donations that they could, HSUS disappeared.


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Jeff Biss
6 Months Ago

Meat is murder. The fact is that we do not need meat to sustain life or health and so it is evil by definition and there is no cultural argument for dog meat because our meat industry is just as evil.


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Dagmar L. Anders
26 Feb 2018

AGREE TOTALLY.

Michael
27 Feb 2018

While I disagree with killing dogs for their meat. Meat is a natural part of the human omnivorous diet.

Jovy Jergens
6 Months Ago

God bless you for your ethics, bravery and compassion!


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