Gus Kenworthy is an American freestyle skier who competed in the 2018 Winter Olympic games in PyeongChang.
He's also a pretty good looking dude.
And he skies pretty hard. So hard that, like any great person going after anything with all their might, he's had some pretty gnarly crashes.
Which sometimes only serve to reinforce the fact that he's hot.
Even though Kenworthy didn't earn a medal at this year's Olympic games, he's still making headlines for being a champion...for animal rights.
During his stay in PyeongChang, in between practicing for the Olympics and getting ready to compete on the largest stage of his life, Kenworthy learned of a dog meat farm that was raising animals in "heart-wrenching" conditions.
Not only did he adopt one of the puppers from the farm, but the two-time Olympic athlete worked with the Humane Society International to get the place shutdown for its allegedly abysmal treatment of the doggies.
Kenworthy posted photos of the dog meat farm on his Instagram account and to call them sad would be an understatement.
He commented on what he found, and mentioned that even though he doesn't agree with eating dog meat, his primary issue with the meat farm was its inhumane treatment of the animals there.
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 ❤️🐶
Kenworthy is no stranger to showing puppies love. Back when he competed in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, he also adopted two stray dogs.
Kenworthy was called out on Twitter for being judgmental of other cultures and that his behavior was "neo-colonialism at its finest," and that other animals suffer just as much, if not more, than the dogs he worked so hard to save.
Kenworthy's response? Basically, that the fact he did one good deed, despite there being more good deeds to get done doesn't change the fact that he did something admirable when it was in his power to do so.
Just b/c 10 things are wrong doesn't mean working to solve 1 issue is bad b/c it leaves 9 other problems. It's still positive change. The number of 🐷🐄🐓 raised for food in the US is over 150bill a year. Yes, that DOES need to change but it's a MUCH bigger change to make happen. https://t.co/RkF6K9AOTO— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 23, 2018
The problem w/ the dogs here in Korea is much more manageable and there are plenty of people in the world who would happily take care of these dogs and show them the love they so desperately deserve.— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) February 23, 2018
Kenworthy isn't the only Olympian who saved puppies from a dog meat farm while in PyeongChang. Canadian pair skater Meagan Duhamel has been sharing photos of her chilling with Moo-tae, a pupper she rescued from the Korean meat industry.
A big thank you to all the news outlets that are sharing my story about rescuing Mootae from Korea! Mootae loves his brother Theo, who is also a rescue dog. Thanks to my dog walker and dog sitter @fotogeanick for this photo of my angels while I’m away at the #olympics #freekoreandogs #adoptdontshop #rescuedogs #Mootae #Theo @beaglefreedom @freekoreandogs @hsiglobal
What do you think? Are we just overly sensitive when it comes to the dog meat industry because we've been raised to perceive them in a different light than cows, chicken, and pigs? Or is it the poor living conditions the animals endure before they're killed and eaten that's the problem here?