Two-time world champion pairs skater Meagan Duhamel is making just as big an impact off the ice as she is on it. The Canadian athlete is currently is Peyongchang to win Canada more gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics, but this isn’t her first trip to South Korea.
Meagan visited South Korea a year ago with the Canadian Olympic team and brought back a unique souvenir – a miniature Dachshund name Moo-tae. The pup was rescued from a meat farm by Free Korean Dogs, a group in South Korea working to end the meat trade and free all the dogs they can. Duhamel offered to be a flight volunteer for the group and flew with Moo-tae and another dog who has since been adopted by another family.
Moo-tae, who once might have been a soup, is now living comfortably with Meagan and her husband Bruno. Meagan’s parents later adopted a pup from the same organization. Daegong had been de-vocalized and abused and passed from family to family, and will now get to live out the rest of his life being loved in Canada.
Duhamel continues to advocate for dogs trapped in meat farms. She’s currently making the most of her attention from the Winter Olympics by taking the time to speak to the press about the dog meat trade.
Other Olympians are also speaking up. Gus Kenworthy, a U.S. skier, took home a few homeless dogs as well as a silver medal from Sochi in 2014. He hopes to rescue “at least one” more dog on his way back from Peyongchang.
The South Korean government asked restaurants in Peyongchang that offer dog meat on their menus to stop selling the dishes during the Olympics, but out of 12, 10 are still serving the offensive meals. Hopefully, with the attention that the events, athletes and advocates are bringing to the situation, the dog meat trade will become a thing of the past.