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Over the last few months, Sochi, this year’s Winter Olympics host city, has fallen under intense scrutiny. Some have called for a boycott of the 2014 Olympics because of Russia’s anti-gay policies, including a piece of legislation signed into law in June 2013 banning “homosexual propaganda.”

Others have been enraged by Russia’s disregard for animal protection including Sochi’s decision to use a captive dolphin as a torch bearer and the still pending transport of two wild-caught orcas to a Sochi dolphinarium.

Now, looks like there is more sad news out of the Olympic host city. According to Peter Akman of CTV News, the city has gone back on its word and has resumed its plan to cull stray animals in an attempt to “clean up” the area for Olympic guests.

Originally, the plan was to kill around 2,000 dogs roaming Sochi’s streets, but as soon as this decision was announced last year, animal activists quickly spoke out against it, effectively canceling the cull.

However, Akman reports that the city has in fact hired a company to continue “cleaning the city.”

“Every night between 1 and 6 a.m., traps are set, poison put out and animals are killed,” Akman states.

Concerned locals have been documenting the cull’s victims through photo and video footage and animal activist groups have again called on the city to end its futile population control method, urging Sochi to instead build a shelter for homeless animals.

According to Akman, “The government first said no, but it now seems to be considering allowing a private company to run a shelter. Not surprisingly, that’s the same company it hired to kill the dogs during the night.”

Unfortunately, we see poor animal protection decisions like these all too often, even right here in the U.S., but this does not mean we should accept defeat and stay silent. Instead, we must stay strong and be their voice.

What you can do

To offer your support for Sochi’s stray animals, sign this petition on Care2, asking Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, to halt Sochi’s cull. You can also send an email to the City of Sochi urging them to to focus on more effective overpopulation management solutions such as low cost sterilization and trap-neuter-release programs.

Image source: Andrey / Flickr

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44 comments on “Stop Sochi Government from Killing Stray Dogs for the 2014 Winter Olympics”

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nazy tabesh
4 Years Ago

For the love of God, stop killing these beautiful animals. Don't you have a heart? Don't you have children? Don't you beleive in Karma? What is good about a bloody olympic??

tonantzin villicaña
4 Years Ago

Animals musnt be killed for any show!!!!

Michael Kerr
4 Years Ago

Exercise is a great thing - as is coming together in peace. Why not just do that? Instead of wasting huge resources, diverting the people and their funds. We must ban pre-tax dollars from all sporting events. Let a real market (crowd-funding, pay-per-view, etc.) establish which of the many distractions we really want, and which are just fabricated. Whenever we let a corporation spend pre-tax dollars, we are helping them reduce their profits. They pay less tax, and we must fill the gap. Few people know this because they are too busy watching sports. Scrap the olympics altogether, and ban pre-tax dollars from sports! http://www.change.org/de/Petitionen/people-and-governments-of-the-world-scrap-the-olympics-altogether-and-ban-pre-tax-dollars-from-sports

Birgit Götz-Walter
4 Years Ago

Stop this!

Maria Luisa Martinez
4 Years Ago

Please, STOP!!!

grace weitman
4 Years Ago

stop the horrible spectacle of russian inhumanity to animals....when you are trying to present russia as a strong, vibrant, livable country

Susie Shirley
4 Years Ago

This is so wrong in so many ways!! What is wrong with people??? These animals are unwanted and innocent, they should have a warm home and food What has happened to mankind??

Diane Beeny
4 Years Ago

They also have a "dolphinarium" with 2 captive wild Orcas - WHY?!!!

Quinta Das Aguias
4 Years Ago


Starlan Hoke
4 Years Ago

Don't go there for Olympics we should not be going


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