Gus Kenworthy is not only an incredibly tenacious athlete, but he’s also a generous person, especially when it comes to animals. Just four years after he returned from the Sochi Games in 2014 with a plethora of puppies he got from the streets of Russia, Gus is once again, pursuing his dog-saving-mission but in Pyeongchang instead.
As you may know, the Winter Olympics are hosted in the South Korean city this year, much to the dismay of Kim Jong-Un – we might add.
Either way, Kenworthy spoke with reporters from E! News and said he intended to “shine a light” on South Korea’s industry whereby they sell and distribute dog meat.
Reportedly, South Korea has 2 million dogs bred every year solely for human consumption. However, just because in North America we venerate dogs and treat them like pets, it doesn’t mean that everyone else does.
Some critics of Gus have pointed out that Americans eat beef – which comes from cows – and in some countries, the cow is revered as a holy animal. The difference in culture is typically responsible for which animals are designated as food and others as pets.
Nevertheless, when we put social constructionism aside, Gus intends on bringing home dogs as part of a campaign the Humane Society International is conducting.
Kenworthy stated, “I would love to bring a dog back from here.” He added that his goal is to “spread awareness of the situation.”
Back in 2014, the Olympian managed to bring home a mother dog and two of her puppies to the United States. As you may know, organizations focused on animal rights have been picking up steam in North America in the last ten years, with enterprises such as PETA becoming more influential all of the time.