Kim Nam Gil Starts a Campaign for Retired and Abandoned Racehorses

Credit: Gilstory

Kim Nam Gil started a campaign to improve animal treatment and spread awareness about animal rights. He even donated all the concert proceeds for the campaign.

On the 25th, Gilstory announced, “We’re launching the ‘Companion Horse Campaign’ to improve awareness of animal rights through the treatment and protection of abandoned and retired racehorses.” Gilstory is a non-profit private organization.

For this campaign, Gilstory will collaborate with the Korean Animal Welfare Association. The first horse the campaign will start treating is “Byeolbam.” Byeolbam (meaning starry night) worked as a racehorse at Let’s Run Park Seoul from 2008 to 2011. After retiring, he was sent from one riding field to another for the past 10 years and was rescued from an abandoned farm in August of last year.

Gilstory shared, “When we first found him, he was so skinny that his ribs were visible through his skin. His hind legs were all swollen (from having so many people ride him over the years) and he couldn’t even walk properly. Now, Byeolbam is currently being taken care of at a sanctuary in Jeju.”

The Companion Horse Campaign was planned by Kim Nam Gil himself. On December 3rd last year, the actor raised funds for the campaign through “2022 SMG Show Giliverse.” Jung Woo Sung, Park Sung Woong, Jung Man Sik, Jung Moo Sung, Cha Jung Hwa, Im Siwan, Sung Joon, Seohyun, Jang Sung Kyu, Paik Jong Won, and more participated in the event to help out the good cause.

Kim Nam Gil explained, “Recently, horses have been a part of the (media) production a lot, so I naturally became interested in them. (Horses used for shootings) are mostly retired racehorses, but when they’re injured, they’re abandoned and, in some cases, illegally traded. I came up with this campaign while looking for ways to help them.”

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