Mass dog extermination programs as part of Olympic preparations stand in stark contrast to Olympian values. The socially responsible and ethical way forward is to adopt and implement easily available humane methods rather than hunting down and poisoning these animals as all the world watches. Just as Olympic athletes became role models for billions of young people, so do host countries’ preparations serve as examples for future Olympic venues to follow.”
Olympian Tom McMillen- Olympian Tom McMillen Says “Nyet” to Street Dog Slaughter
In addition to human rights abuses as discussed in the previous entry the Sochi winter olympics was marred by the massacre of around 7000 stray dogs, though the exact number is not known as the killing continues.
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Don’t Let Dog Slaughter Like in Sochi Happen Again
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Don’t let this happen again!
While thousands of street dogs in Sochi were being killed in the most inhumane ways to clear the streets for the Olympic games, The International Olympic Committee, the governing body of the Olympics, looked on and did absolutely nothing to stop the cruelty.
In its charter, the IOC is responsible for promoting”a positive legacy from the Olympic Games to the host cities and host countries.”
Letting hundreds of street dogs be violently killed is in stark contrast to Olympic values. It’s simply unacceptable.
Tell the IOC to heed its creed and never allow for such cruelty under its watch again.
Please tell the IOC to immediately and publicly condemn the Sochi stray dog killings, and to recommend that the Sochi city government cease and desist from this activity. Demand that the IOC add to their binding Code of Ethics that future host cities must neither conduct nor condone the inhumane treatment of animals in order to prepare for an Olympic event.
“Just think how much you can help the animals and deserving poor Russians with the 51 billion dollars rather than for something no one is remember in 2 months other than incompetence and animal cruelty”
Robert Ot – Comment in Washington post article comments section
As the 2014 winter Olympics commence stray dogs are being slaughtered on the streets of Sochi. The mass killing of stray dogs has been undertaken by the authorities in a misguided attempt to “clean up” the streets for the athletes and visitors.
Petitions to abandon the cull were ignored and despite assurances that dogs would not be killed a private company was hired to hunt and poison the dogs whom they contemptuously described as “biological trash.”
It is not known how many dogs have been or are yet to be slaughtered. However it has been reported that the company was told to kill “as many as possible” before the opening ceremony.
Russia spent an enormous $50 billion on the Olympics. Surely some of this amount could have been utilised to sort out the problem of stray dogs in a humane way. Better for the animals and for Russia’s reputation, both this issue of callous cruelty and the discrimination of LGBT people have marred this event in the eyes of caring people the world over.
Russia however is not the only country to attempt to solve it’s stray dog problem inhumanely
In Romania on the 10th September 2013 a law was passed that legalised the mass killing of homeless dogs, even those who are housed in shelters. The result, a horrific on-going massacre.
One dog even made it into the stadium during a dress rehearsal for the opening ceremony. City officials said it would be embarrassing if a stray dog wandered into the stadium during the actual event.
And because of embarrassment, appearances and to impress athletes 7000 dogs are killed. Shocking in the extreme and a reflection of the attitude that many people have regarding the animals with whom we share this world who like you and I wish to live.
The sad thing is this slaughter could have been avoided.
Last summer, Humane Society International offered to help Olympic organizers set up a mass-vaccination-and-sterilization program. There was no response to this offer from Olympic officials.
“Humane Society International has long rejected mass culling as unethical and ineffective. Instead, HSI works around the world to humanely address street dog populations and problems. For nearly two decades, we’ve successfully implemented spay/neuter/vaccination programs. Working with governments and communities, our initiatives incorporate mass animal sterilization, vaccination and community education.”
Please sign the above petitions, this must never happen again. Animals are not here for our convenience discarded like so much trash, as was the case in Sochi, when they are no longer needed or appreciated. They are sentient beings with lives of their own.They suffer as you or I.
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