Korean dog meat farms face increased scrutiny during Winter Olympics

A dog rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm sits in a crate at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (SPCA) shelter. Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Eating dog meat is a long-standing tradition in China, South Korea and some other Asian countries. But the practice has garnered increased attention throughout the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea and has pushed at least one athlete, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, to adopt a Korean puppy, the Wall Street Journal writes.

Why it matters: Some athletes from around the world have raised concerns about the controversial practice during the Olympics. In South Korea alone, there are about 17,000 farms that breed more than 2.5 million dogs a year and slaughter them for human consumption, according to the Humane Society International.