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United States Skier Rescues 90 Puppies From Meat Farm

The 2018 Winter Olympics were a time for love, sport, and patriotism to exist freely. Held in PyeongChang, South Korea, the event hosted 2922 athletes from 92 countries in 105 different events. Among those athletes was 26 year old Gus Kenworthy, a freestyle skier from Colorado. Although he won a silver medal in Seoul in 2014, Kenworthy did not medal at the most recent games. He did, however, get something just as rewarding. 

 

In South Korea, dogs are sometimes raised for meat. Although Kenworthy stated that he felt he could not judge the customs of another country, he did have a big issue with the dog meat industry- the deplorable condition in which the dogs are kept. Much like American puppy mills, the dogs are packed into crates, overbred and neglected. They stand in their own feces and in inclimate conditions. Gus Kenworthy decided that he needed to take action. He started by adopting a puppy named Beemo- but he didn't stop there. He helped to rescue 90 dogs from a single meat farm! He's orchestrated for the 90 pups to be adopted to home in the United States and Canada once they've received their immunizations.

 

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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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Way to go Gus! It's never the wrong time to help make another's life better! 

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