Gus posted the news on Instagram that he and his boyfriend helped shut down one of South Korea’s many dog farms. The 90 emaciated and abused dogs will now be going back to the United States and Canada to try to find “fur-ever homes.”
This particular farm is being shut down with the help of Humane Society International and it seems the owner seems repentant and has “seen error in his ways.”
Dog is eaten on the menu in countless restaurants in South Korea. There are an estimated 17,000 dog meat farms supplying these restaurants and while some dogs are bred for meat at the farms or found as stray dogs, others are stolen pets and sold into the trade. The disturbing conditions the dogs are kept in is also not right from an animal welfare standpoint.
While it is considered a tradition to eat dog meat in certain Asian countries, Korean culture claims it has “mythical properties that boost restorative powers and increase virility,” dog meat is largely consumed by the older population.
Many in South Korea believe that the tradition will fade with time with more and more Koreans keeping dogs as pets including President Moon Jae-In. Countries like Taiwan have already banned the sale of dog meat.
Gus adopted two dogs after the Winter Games in Sochi, and has officially kept one new furry friend from PyeongChang. Gus and Matt named her Beemo and they can’t wait to give her the best life.
Gus hopes to bring awareness to the mistreatment of dogs all around the world with his Olympic status, including right at home in the U.S.