For most, the words soccer and dog have absolutely nothing to do with the other. Unfortunately, they do and it’s in the worst way imaginable. Thousands of street dogs are in danger of being culled in countries where the World Cup is hosted. These cruel actions are being called out in a new Care2 Petition urging FIFA to address this issue and make it clear that this is in no way acceptable.
Russia, which is hosting the highly anticipated game in June, is reportedly spending millions to kill off stray dogs, thus setting a horrible example of how to control the stray dog population. Morocco is following their lead and has already begun gunning down dogs in the street. They are allegedly doing this to improve their chances of being selected to host the World Cup in 2026. According to the petition, the 11 other cities vying to host the event are also targeting dogs.
While it may be too late to save these innocent lives, signing the petition will bring this horrendous crime against animals to the forefront and help save other lives.
It’s time for FIFA to stop ignoring the slaughter of dogs and speak out on this issue. Hosting the World Cup comes with many benefits for the country that wins the bid, including millions of dollars. This is no doubt a great opportunity but it should NOT come at the expense of innocent dogs, especially when stray populations are out of control because of humans in the first place. Humane TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) programs can be much more effective at controlling stray populations. Killing is never the answer and you can use your voice to remind them of that. Sign the petition and tell FIFA, and all the countries bidding for the 2026 World Cup, that culling stray animals is not the right choice.
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