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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.

But, as the WSJ points out, in recent years there have been signs of a cultural shift over eating dog meat as younger Koreans increasingly view dogs as pets and not food.

  • Shortly after taking office last year, President Moon Jae-in adopt a dog, named Tory, that was set for slaughter. Moon later told animal rights activists that he believes the practice will end soon.

The other side: Kim Sang-young, president of the Dog Meat Association, thinks that putting regulations in place that specify which dogs are allowed for eating from those that serve as guide dogs and pet dogs could help solve the problem.

What the Olympians are saying:

  • “While I don’t believe in eating dog meat and I stand firmly against it, I can’t say what anyone else does,” said Kenworthy. “But I can say this is not an okay condition for any animal to be raised.”
  • Dutch speedskater Jan Blokhuijsen apologized after receiving backlash for condemning the practice. “It was not my intention to insult you and your country. I care about the welfare of animals in general and I hope we can make this a better place for both of us,” he said in a tweet.
  • Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel, who adopted a rescued dog when she visited South Korea last year, told WSJ: “No animals deserve to be killed for food.”

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Trump to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations before leaving office

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President Trump plans to issue at least 100 pardons and commutations on his final full day in office Tuesday, sources familiar with the matter told Axios.

Why it matters: This is a continuation of the president's controversial December spree that saw full pardons granted to more than two dozen people — including former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, longtime associate Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father of Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

  • The pardons set to be issued before Trump exits the White House will be a mix of criminal justice ones and pardons for people connected to the president, the sources said.
  • CNN first reported this news.

Go deeper: Convicts turn to D.C. fixers for Trump pardons

Schumer's m(aj)ority checklist

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Capitalizing on the Georgia runoffs, achieving a 50-50 Senate and launching an impeachment trial are weighty to-dos for getting Joe Biden's administration up and running on Day One.

What to watch: A blend of ceremonies, hearings and legal timelines will come into play on Tuesday and Wednesday so Chuck Schumer can actually claim the Senate majority and propel the new president's agenda.

The dark new reality in Congress

National Guard troops keep watch at security fencing. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This is how bad things are for elected officials and others working in a post-insurrection Congress:

  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said she had a panic attack while grocery shopping back home.
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said police may also have to be at his constituent meetings.
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told a podcaster he brought a gun to his office on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 because he anticipated trouble with the proceedings that day.