Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel is an Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medalist, and she holds two world championship titles as well as seven Canadian national titles. But her achievement that we’re most impressed by is her life off the ice.
A proud fruitarian and devoted mom to two adorable adopted dogs, Olympian Meagan is now advocating for animals who are abused and killed for their fur.
The Canadian Olympic team uniforms have been fur-free since 1972 and were completely vegan for the 2018 Winter Olympics. But recently, the Canadian government has been pressured to use animals’ fur in Team Canada’s 2022 Olympic uniforms.
Animals on fur farms are forced to live inside cramped wire cages, and some even resort to self-mutilation. They are then killed using violent and painful methods, including gassing, poisoning, neck-breaking, and anal electrocution. Even something as small as a fur pompom comes at a price.
Meagan Duhamel hung up her competitive skates in April 2018 and now uses her influence to speak up for animals. She encourages her followers to #AdoptDontShop on her popular Instagram account and is a dedicated vegan, sharing her favorite plant-based recipes and health tips
Fur is an environmental nightmare, too—from the millions of pounds of feces produced by animals on fur-farms every year to the toxic chemicals used to keep animal skins from decomposing to the massiveamounts of fuel, electricity, water, and other resources used at every stage of fur production. Studies have shown that it can be three to 10 times more environmentally harmful to produce a real fur garment than a faux-fur one..