According to disturbing reports, preparations for World Cup 2018 in Russia involve clearing the streets of stray dogs … by killing them. The incidents have taken place in 11 cities that are to host the games this summer.
“We have received many appeals from animal rights activists, and just caring citizens, saying mass shooting and euthanasia of stray animals is taking place in a number of World Cup-host cities,” said Vladimir Burmatov, head of the Russian lower house’s environmental protection committee.
Following the accounts, the committee issued a letter to sports minister Pavel Kolobkov urging him to act and make the regional authorities practice “humane methods” of controlling the situation.
The news is sadly reminiscent of a similar situation from 2014 when homeless dogs were being killed before the Winter Olympics. The reports then caused worldwide outrage and brought the culling to a stop. Hopefully, the same can be done in this situation.
Kolobkov has recommended that host cities create temporary animal shelters to house the stray animals during the World Cup games. According to a petition launched in the case, there are about two million homeless dogs and cats in the streets of the 11 cities hosting the World Cup this year. “Instead of killing them – which costs about $100 per dog – that money would be better spent on spay-and-neuter programs,” the petition points out.
Killing stray animals to fabricate a certain image of cities before they are flooded with visitors from all around the world is completely cruel and absurd – and it does not really solve anything at all, as opposed to creating a spay-and-neuter program for the animals.
Click here to sign the petition asking Pavel Kolobkov to require the street dogs to be sterilized – not killed – in the cities hosting this year’s World Cup!
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