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In March 2014, the Animal Rescue Site mailed almost 100,000 signatures in support of this petition to the International Olympics Committee. While we await their response, you can still make a difference by adding your name to the petition and demand the IOC make animal welfare a priority in future Olympic games.
Goal: 125,000 Progress: 111,578
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

Tell the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that mistreatment and killing of animals is not an acceptable way to prepare for the Olympic Games.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi have passed, yet a dark cloud still hovers over the Olympic Games. Before and during the event, the Sochi government implemented efforts to remove stray dogs from the city, and the methods used were less than humane. Instead of sending the dogs to shelters or implementing a spay/neuter program, the government hired dog catchers who began shooting the dogs with poisoned darts before heaving them - dead or alive - into trucks for disposal.

Various animal rescue organizations have tried to help by giving some strays a temporary home in a shelter, but more needs to be done in order to prevent future useless killings. Those dogs in the shelter are safe, for now. Unfortunately, the many dogs still roaming the streets in Sochi might not be so lucky. We need to ensure that this type of ineffective, last-minute, and inhumane preparation effort never mars the site of an Olympic event 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.

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Dear International Olympic Committee,

The start of the Olympic games in Sochi has uncovered a disturbing practice of removing the stray dogs that roam the streets in order to prepare for the crowds and media that the games bring to a city. This type of inhumane treatment of animals should never be allowed, especially in a city that was given the honor to host the Olympic games.

There are many humane methods that can be used in order to control the stray dog population, and none of them include hiring dog catchers to kill animals using poisoned darts. You need to make sure that every city knows that the IOC does not condone this type of harmful behavior, and will not accept it in the future.

You have the power to ban this sort of activity from any future host cities. Please add this important message to your Code of Ethics: Future host cities must neither conduct nor condone the inhumane treatment of animals in order to prepare for an Olympic event.


Petition Signatures

Aug 21, 2017 Dominique LANG
Aug 21, 2017 katherine Sampson
Aug 21, 2017 Roswita Ritjens
Aug 21, 2017 Sanand Dilip
Aug 21, 2017 Martina Behla
Aug 19, 2017 Leslie Ellis
Aug 19, 2017 Jeannette de Agnolo
Aug 19, 2017 Colleen Singleyn please help!
Aug 18, 2017 Ashley King
Aug 18, 2017 Sylvie GENARD
Aug 18, 2017 EM Riegel
Aug 16, 2017 Tammy Swoboda
Aug 16, 2017 jessica decker
Aug 16, 2017 C. Scott
Aug 16, 2017 JANNA PERKINS
Aug 16, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 16, 2017 Kristine Litstrom
Aug 16, 2017 ashley jager
Aug 16, 2017 Fateh Sidhu
Aug 16, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Aug 16, 2017 Marcy Wilson
Aug 16, 2017 Rodica Ardelean
Aug 16, 2017 Michelle Veckerelli
Aug 16, 2017 Lois Freeman
Aug 16, 2017 Carol deOlloqui
Aug 16, 2017 Kim Vandillen
Aug 15, 2017 Michelle Ann Calnan
Aug 15, 2017 David Sennett
Aug 14, 2017 Marie Murdza
Aug 14, 2017 Nancy Daniel
Aug 14, 2017 Nancy Seman
Aug 14, 2017 john sepulveda
Aug 14, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Aug 14, 2017 Barbara Vallini
Aug 14, 2017 Carole Huens
Aug 14, 2017 Phillippa Hilsden
Aug 14, 2017 Erika McLeod
Aug 14, 2017 Susan Smith
Aug 14, 2017 Cristina Rodriguez
Aug 14, 2017 Lydia Lafferty
Aug 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 12, 2017 Doreen Walter
Aug 12, 2017 Diana Minaker
Aug 12, 2017 Martin Henz
Aug 12, 2017 Nellie Baez
Aug 12, 2017 Ilse Spiegel
Aug 11, 2017 Kat R
Aug 10, 2017 Candi Gaona
Aug 10, 2017 Carolyn Swan Please help save animals!

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