A Canadian figure skater has rescued a dog that was destined for the dinner plate at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Meagan Duhamel decided to have the pooch – the second she has rescued from South Korea – sent back to Canada where it will be rehoused.
The two-time world champion made the decision to take a stand against the controversial dog meat industry in the host nation of the Winter Olympics.
She adopted miniature daschund Moo-tea through Free Korean Dogs when she visited South Korea last February and is encouraging others to do the same.
She told The Sun: “I don’t have the luxury of keeping another dog in my small condo. As much as I would love to.”
Ten out of 12 dog meat restaurants operating close to the Olympic Stadium are still serving up the dishes, with just two taking them off the menu altogether despite a request from the South Korean government.
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Pyeongchang County government official Lee Yong-bae revealed that signs advertising dog meat dishes have been changed to more neutral ones to avoid giving “a bad impression to foreigners” while the games take place.
He added: “We’ve faced a lot of complaints from restaurant operators that we are threatening their livelihood.”
Last week, Humane Society International saved 90 puppies and dogs from a dog meat farm situated around 40 minutes away from the Olympic Village, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Dog meat, regarded as “detestable” by the South Korean government is legal to buy in the country, with more than two million dogs eaten in the country every year.