Olympic skier adopts puppy from dog meat farm in South Korea and triggers angry row

By On February 26, 2018

Olympic skier adopts puppy from dog meat farm in South Korea and triggers angry row

An American Olympic skier has sparked accusations of cultural colonialism and western double standards after rescuing a puppy from a South Korean dog meat farm during the Pyeongchang Games.

Gus Kenworthy, one of America’s most famous winter athletes, posted pictures of his new pet, Beemo, on social media, along with the caption “Dogs are friends. Not Food”, to highlight what he described as the “disturbing conditions” faced by millions of Korean dogs being raised for the dinner table.

“There is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while I don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals,” he said in an Instagram post.

“The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty."

But while his post chalked up close to 200,000 likes, others criticised his campaign for being one-sided in comparison to the many other animals being slaughtered and eaten in Western countries.

Source: Google News South Korea | Netizen 24 South Korea

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