As Olympic medal-winning freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy prepares for the 2022 Olympics, he must remember the last time he competed and brought home something very different than a medal.
In 2014, the two-time Olympian took home the silver medal for the USA when he competed in Russia. But in 2018, when he competed in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea, he brought home something that left animal lovers around the world rejoicing.
The talented athlete, who will compete for Great Britain at the 2022 Winter Olympics, announced on his Instagram page that he and his boyfriend helped shut down one of South Korea’s many dog farms.
Gus and his boyfriend Matt Wilkas toured a dog meat farm and were horrified by what they saw.
“The dogs here are malnourished and physically abused, crammed into small wire-floored pens and exposed to the freezing elements of winter and scorching summer conditions,” Gus wrote on his Instagram page.
“When it comes time to put one down, the other dogs are dealt with by electrocution, sometimes taking up to 20 minutes of agony.”
This particular farm will be closed permanently with the help of the Humane Society International and the “cooperation of a farmer who has seen the error of his ways,” Gus added.
Animal Heroes announced that the 90 emaciated and abused dogs would be traveling back to the United States and Canada to try to find “forever homes.”
Gus adopted one of the dogs featured on his Instagram page and planned to take her home, after vaccinating her, to “give her the best life possible.”
Despite pressure from animal rights groups around the world, around a million dogs are slaughtered for their meat in South Korea each year, often tortured to death.
While some dogs are bread for their meat, others that are killed for their meat are stolen pets.
Gus hoped his visit would raise awareness of all dogs in need of a loving home.
What Gus and Matt did makes them animal heroes, but we need more high-profile people to join the fight.
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