‘Heartbroken’ Colorado skier Gus Kenworthy gos to pet dog meat farm, adopts pup

“It is among the saddest locations I’ve ever been,” Kenworthy said.Four years

after saving five stray canines throughout the Sochi Games, the American freestyle skier checked out a pet dog meat farm in South Korea with sweetheart Matthew Wilkas on Friday and chose to embrace a pup. The Associated Press joined them for a tour of the center, which Humane Society International has begun to shutter.Kenworthy slowly checked out the home in a haze, and Wilkas invested much of the see nervously chewing on his lip. Neither wishes to dictate to Koreans what they must and should not consume, however they think strongly that even animals raised for massacre are worthy of higher quality of life.”I’m honestly feeling sad,” Kenworthy said.The farm is located less than

100 yards off a hectic roadway, about a 45-minute drive from downtown Seoul. Puppies and their mothers are living inside a narrow planthouse, surrounded by rusty pipelines, grimy ceramic pots and old mattresses. Outside, numerous pet dogs pulled hard on their chains, creating muddy semicircles in the snow beneath their feet. A dozen or so wood and wire cages held between one and four dogs each. In the back of one crate, a pet dog was licking a furless newborn pup that did not appear to be alive.Nara Kim, HSI’s South Korea canine meat campaigner, has actually seen worse. The Siheung farmer informed HSI he never meant to offer canines for massacre however had no choice when his collection of family pet Jindo pets kept producing pups. He eagerly accepted HSI’s proposal to buy out his farm, and he plans to put those funds into farming mushrooms and other plants.HSI’s supreme goal is to push the South Korean federal government into shuttering the industry itself. In the meantime, it’s aiming to set an example for how Koreans may do it– by providing resources to farmers who desire out.HSI quotes there are 17,000 canine meat farms around Korea. This farm will be the 11th it has actually assisted close. In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018,

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image, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas enjoy pets in cages at a pet meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five roaming pets during the Sochi Olympics 4 years earlier and is considering embracing among the numerous puppies he met Friday after ending up competitors the Pyeongchang Games.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) There were 87 dogs on the Siheung farm as of Friday early morning, though new litters of pups were expected quickly. The dogs will be vaccinated and quarantined on the farm up until mid-March. They’ll likely all be flown to The United States and Canada, where adoption demand is greater than in Korea.Shelters around Seoul are currently overcrowded, Kim said, in part due to the fact that of the Korean belief that”meat pets”and “pet dogs” are naturally different.At least

2 million pets are butchered and eaten each year in Korea. The practice is countless years old, though dog meat has subsided in popularity and a lot of in the country do not do it frequently. While numerous older Koreans think pet dog meat aids potency, younger residents typically are either against the practice or indifferent to it.In recent years, numerous South Koreans have been horrified by abuse highlighted in regional media reports, increasing pressure on federal government authorities to resolve the legal trade.While South Korea used loan to

dining establishments around Pyeongchang if they took dog meat off their menus, a Gangwon province official informed the AP there were no plans to transfer canine farms located near Olympic areas. There are 17 signed up

farms located near Olympic places, but a lot more closer to Seoul.Local organizing committee representative Sung Baik-you was asked during the video games about the committee’s stance on the sale of dog meat. In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, image, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy has fun with a dog at a pet meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five roaming canines throughout the Sochi Olympics 4 years ago and is thinking about embracing among the many young puppies he met Friday after completing competitors the Pyeongchang Games.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)” We have actually not had the ability to discover any places that offers canine meat” in the Olympics zone, Sung said.” That’s most likely a remnant of what’s taken place in Korea in the past. Recently in Korea, many households have canines as family pets.”Still, some Olympians have actually spoken up versus the trade while in Pyeongchang. Most notably, Canadian pairs skater Meagan Duhamel adopted a rescued canine during a competition in Gangneung in 2015, and she prepares to fly more saved dogs to Canada after the Games.Kenworthy understood little about the pet dog meat trade prior to HSI asked him last year to

star in a public-service statement with other Olympians. After finding out more, he aspired to lend his celebrity tothe cause. HSI shot Friday’s go to for use in a 2nd PSA.”It’s pets that deserve companionship, worthy of being a pet,”Kenworthy stated.

“All they want is love and attention, and they’re stuck in tiny metal cages in the snow with absolutely nothing to consume.”Though he didn’t medal, Kenworthy has actually been among Pyeongchang’s most significant names, in part due to the fact that of his social networks work voicing LGBT pride.Before he came out as gay in 2015, Kenworthy was

best understood for conserving the strays in Sochi. One of those pet dogs still copes with his mom, and 2 more are with his ex-boyfriend. Kenworthy, born in Britain and raised in Colorado, wishes to beware

about dictating principles to another culture. However he feels strongly that if Koreans are going to consume pet dog, the animals must a minimum of be dealt with humanely.

“I do not believe it’s reasonable to come and state,’The manner in which we do something is the best method, ‘”he said.” However likewise, I do not think that ruthlessness is culture.”Kenworthy said throughout the visit that he was not sure if he ‘d take among the Siheung young puppies home. His family was concerned that he and Wilkas– an actor best understood for starring in the film”Gayby”– both invest a lot time on the road.He tweeted Saturday early morning that they will embrace a gray and white puppy and have chosen to call her Beemo.” I can not wait to offer her the best life possible!” Kenworthy wrote.SIHEUNG, South Korea– Gus Kenworthy stood stone-faced, a shivering black young puppy curled in his arms and more scooting around him on the unclean, uneven cement flooring. A few feet away, the puppies’mom barked and paced, eyeing the 2014 Olympic silver medalist while trying not to journey over the metal chain anchoring her to the wall. Nearly 90 other dogs in and around the messy

, thin-walled structure likewise woofed and growled, a cacophony that might be spoken with the close-by highway, even over the whoosh

of traffic.




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