O esquiador Gus Kenworth e o namorado
O esquiador olímpico Gus Kenworth e o namorado

Após roubar a cena durante uma das provas de esqui nos Jogos de Inverno de Pyeonchang ao dar um beijo em frente às câmeras de televisão, transmitido ao vivo para o mundo, o casal Gus Kenworthy e Mathew Wilkas voltou aos holofotes ao salvar a vida de um animal.

Em seu perfil no Instagram, o atleta e o namorado comentaram sobre a visita que fizeram a um criadouro de cães, criados simplesmente para depois serem mortos com a finalidade de servirem como comida, parte da cultura sul-coreana, e por isso os animais vivem em situações deploráveis nestes lugares.

“Enquanto eu pessoalmente, não concordo com isso, entendo que não posso impor minhas ideias ocidentais aqui. Mas a maneira como estes animais são tratados é completamente desumana. Cultura não pode ser desculpa para crueldade”, disparou ele.


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Ainda no relato, Kenworthy informou que o local será fechado e alguns dos bichos serão levados para países como Estados Unidos e Canadá para adoção. “Eu adotei esta cachorrinha da primeira foto. Eu e Matt chamamos ela de Beemo”, anunciou.

“Espero que minha visita a este lugar e divulgação possa ajudar mais oportunidades de adoção a serem conquistadas e coloque mais um alerta sobre essa condição desumana dos cachorros tratados como carne para consumo humano”, finalizou.

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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