The 2018 Olympic Winter Games are in full swing in PyeongChang, South Korea. Millions of viewers are tuning in to watch athletes perform on such a major stage, but some athletes are using their spare time to make a difference in the world. One such athlete is a woman named Meagan Duhamel. She is a two time world champion skater and will be returning to her home country of Canada with a gold medal this year. However, that is only the beginning of her incredible accomplishments. She is actively working to raise awareness of the cruel dog meat industry in South Korea after adopting a dog named Moo-tae from the country last year.
The little dog, who is a dachshund mix, wants nothing more than to be held at all times. He also loves to quietly sit next to Meagan when she meditates in her home each morning. She suspects he might have picked up on this while he spent time living with Buddhist nuns. Whether he was trained to do this or not, we’ll never know, but one thing is certain: he loves this quiet time. Meagan actively works to save other dogs from a terrible fate in the meat industry, working as a flight volunteer when traveling to South Korea. She helps to transport dogs from the country to her home country of Canada. She plans to gather as many dogs as possible while in South Korea for the Olympics so she can rescue them.
The dog meat industry is getting more attention but it is estimated there are still approximately 2.5 million dogs that are killed for their meat each year in South Korea. There are 196 registered dog farms in the country, based on a belief that dog meat has “medicinal” benefits. While this is a long standing belief it is becoming more taboo and Meagan and other organizations hope to eliminate it in the not so distant future.