Stray dogs killed in Sochi for Winter Olympic Games
by Natalia Lima
Categories: Animals, Causes, Sports.

When Sochi officials announced last year that it would cull 2,000 stray cats and dogs in an effort to clean the city before the Olympic games in February, animal activists rallied against it. As a result, the plan was scrapped but now activists are saying the job was just placed in a private company’s hands.

“Every year, just in this municipality, thousands of dogs and cats are killed,” reports Peter Akman of CTV. “They are shot, poisoned, even beaten to death with shovels or stabbed with knives. They are hit, kicked and just generally abused.”

The government’s argument is that the stray animals could attack visitors and athletes. Activists are fighting back by rescuing strays but claim the effort of neutering, sterilizing and placing the animals in new homes is too expensive to effectively be carried out by volunteers.

They have pushed for the Russian government to open a shelter, an idea that was first rejected but is now being taken into consideration. The company that would run the shelter, however, would be the same one currently hired to kill the dogs.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Via The Dodo

  • George VonSteene

    fucking russian bastards

  • Jonathan Sledz

    This behaviour from the russian government is a shame for all russians. I cannot understand how you can deal like that with living beeings. They feel pain and have a soul. To kill thousands of homeless animals in the most cruel and disgusting non human way makes me lose my believes in humanity of russian people. How can you let something like this happen? Only because of money, decisions like that make me lose my will to live. Who wants to live in a wrld like that? Where is the holy goodness? People these days arent gently and loving anymore. Humanity is controled by fear. I never gonna visit russia anymore. I have a lot of friends there but I am digusted by Putin and all Russians who dont do something about this just evil treatment. May you rest on earth and burn in hell.

  • LindainCO

    As if this isn’t bad enough, in addition to this, the Russian government forced many people to move, people who had homes and farms for decades, they cut down pristine, “PROTECTED” (not) forest and who knows what else.
    Does Russia have a spay program? The dog in the picture looks like my dog, Zira, who is a Kelpie mix. This just shows the Russian people and officials to be heartless, brutal and violent, and no amount of money thrown at the Olympics will change that. Why don’t they have a program to reduce the number of strays and to care for the ones left?

  • neko

    WHERE’S THE FUCKING PETITION?!

    • wyomingnative

      I don’t think Russians care about how petitions.

  • K Fosse

    So much for enjoying the Olympics. Vile, cruel monsters “cleaning up” the city…..what a joke. Geesus, what about homeless people there? Are they an “eyesore” too??. Not watching these Olympics…..Wouldn’t spend a dime in a city that murders animals like that. Nope.

  • dmp1

    On top of everything else they bought 2 Orcas that were ripped away from their families, and flown thousands of miles, to be put on display in an aquarium at the Olympic village I think. It is cruel, inhumane and certainly not in the spirit of the Olympics.

  • cherie daniels

    makes me want to really go to Russia…… BOYCOTT THEIR TOURISM….. MANY OF THESE ANIMALS MIGHT HAVE BEEN ADOPTED BY OTHER COUNTRIES AND TAKEN OUT OF YOUR COUNTRY….. THINK BEFORE YOU MURDER,,……..
    THOU SHALT NOT KILL…… GOD

  • cherie daniels

    BETTER YET……………. BOYCOTT THE OLYMPICS….. I WILL NOT WATCH THEM AL ALL…… ANYONE WITH ME???

    • RenBri

      I REFUSE TO WATCH THE BLOODY OLYMPICS! It is not uncommon for poor people to be displaced so that the Olympic village and sports venues can be build! This year, Russia has come to an all time low by killing dogs! They are sick and uncaring, and I just don’t understand why the Olympic committee allowed Russia to bid for it!!!

  • Susq

    What have we come to as a “:human race?”