US Olympian, Gus Kenworthy, has become even more of a hero in my eyes because not only did he do amazing representing us at the Olympics but he also rescued 90 dogs from a Korean dog meat farm!
Kenworthy competed in the freestyle skiing for Team USA and was one of the first openly gay athlete in the South Korea games. Him and his boyfriend, Matthew Wilkas, worked together to rescue the 90 dogs and even were able to permanently shut down the farm's operations.
This mission of Kenworthy and Wilka's dog rescue efforts has been to draw awareness to the dog meat trade in Asian countries.
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.
Humane Society International are setting up the adoptions in US and Canada for the dogs so maybe there is just a chance we could get one!