An activist of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) attends a protest next an Olympics banner ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 6, 2018. / AFP / Dimitar DILKOFF
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A half-naked activist sporting bunny ears and a fluffy tail braved the Olympic chill in Pyeongchang to protest the fur trade Tuesday but, shivering on high heels, side-stepped the thorny issue of dog meat.Animal rights activists have called for South Korea to stop eating dogs at previous major sporting events, notably at the 2002 World Cup when Brigitte Bardot fronted a campaign that provoked a backlash in the country.The government banned the sale and consumption of dog meat in the run-up to the 1988 Seoul Olympics out of concern the issue could embarrass local organizers.Last year South Korea closed its biggest dog market -- Seongnam market, which sold more than 80,000 dogs, dead or alive every year -- to avoid criticism in the build-up to the Pyeongchang Olympics.
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