South Korea is currently hosting the Winter Olympics. However, they are also the only country in the world known to intensively breed dogs for human consumption.
Meagan Duhamel, Canadian Olympic pairs figure skater, has been a vegan since 2008. She has been raising awareness about how a vegan lifestyle can still make you a top athlete. Her love for animals and their rights continued when she visited South Korea and witnessed the horror of dog meat farms. She immediately joined the fight to end dog meat farms.
Last February, Duhamel visited South Korea and left with a dog named Mootae, a dachshund she rescued from a dog meat farm. Mootae is best buds with her other dog, Theo. Mootae would have suffered the same fate as thousands of other dogs, slaughtered for meat.
With the help of the Humane Society International (HSI), dog meat farms are being shut down. Just last week, another dog meat farm, located 40 minutes from the Olympic stadium, was shut down by HSI. 90 dogs were saved and will be adopted into loving homes.
There is still a ways to go, but with the spotlight constantly on South Korea, thanks to HSI and the people helping to raise awareness, change is happening.
Another Olympic competitor is rescuing dogs in South Korea. Read about his efforts by clicking ‘next’.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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