“Dogs are friends. Not foods.”
Gus Kenworthy, a Colorado-native freestyle skier recently made headlines around the globe after he rescued 90 dogs from a dog meat farm while attending the 2018 Winter Olympics hosted by South Korea. Back in 2014, Kenworthy, who was also a participant of the Sochi Winter Olympics in Korea, also adopted 2 stray puppies near the Olympic Village. And this year, he made a huge effort of not just saving 2 puppies but 90 of them. He posted photos of his venture together with his boyfriend Matt on a lengthy Instagram post which reads:
“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. Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home.”
Together with his boyfriend Matt, Gus decided to take one of the dogs home.
“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!”
To more people like Gus!