A vegan Olympic figure skater has adopted a dog in Pyeongchang that was destined for the dinner table.
Meagan Duhamel, the two-time world champion pairs skater who has been vegan since 2008, first adopted a dog in South Korea when she visited last February.
That dog, a two-year-old miniature dachschund called Moo-tea, was adopted through Free Korean Dogs – and has lived with Meagan and her family ever since.
Now the Olympian has rescued a second dog – although this one won’t live with her, as she doesn’t have enough room.
‘I don’t have the luxury of keeping another dog in my small condo,’ she told The Sun. ‘As much as I would love to.’
The South Korean government ordered restaurants close to the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang to stop serving dog meat.
Pyeongchang County government official Lee Yong-bae told AFP that signs advertising dog meat dishes have also been switched to more neutral ones in order to avoid giving ‘a bad impression to foreigners’ during the games.
However dishes such as dog meat soup are still being served, after sales plummeted when they swapped the dog meat for pork or goat.
‘We’ve faced a lot of complaints from restaurant operations that we are threatening their livelihood,’ Mr Lee said.
Meagan has now added her voice to the campaign against dog meat being sold in the country.
Earlier this week, the charity Humane Society International rescued around 90 puppies and dogs from a farm after charity workers persuaded the farmer to give up his trade.
The dogs were being kept on a farm just 40 minutes away from the Olympic village.